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The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology began a major new collaboration that will enrich each institution's research activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The MIT-INL agreement leverages the Institute's especially strong reputation in materials science, engineering, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Organizers of MIT-INL have already selected a number of current MIT research projects, in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories and the Materials Processing Center, to benefit from MIT-INL. These projects include research on nanoparticles that can selectively adsorb water contaminants, autonomous microsystems that can move around water supplies and sense contaminants (while sustaining themselves on power scavenged from their environments), new materials for energy storage, revolutionary tools and technologies for monitoring our food supply, and others.

MIT faculty will play a key role in helping develop new capabilities at the INL facilities, and in the training programs for scientists and students on the MIT campus and at the INL. In addition, INL will immediately begin recruiting senior researchers to work in new applications and technologies in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Professor Carl V. Thompson, director of the Materials Processing Center, will serve as MIT's director of MIT-INL and Vladimir Bulovic, director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratory will serve as MIT's co-director of MIT-INL. They will work closely with Jose Rivas, director-general of INL and Paulo Frietas, director of the MIT-INL program at INL.


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