Center for Nanotechnology Research and Education

$4.85 Million Awarded

Flow chart describing mission
The goal is to establish the Center for Nanotechnology Research and Education (CNRE) at UDC. Our mission is to use UDC faculty’s core expertise in nanotechnology to establish a nationally recognized center of excellence to support UDC’s goals:

  1. to become a research-active institution that supports undergraduates research, masters and doctoral level research, benefiting students primarily from underrepresented populations;
  2. to support UDC’s new faculty cohort performing nanotechnology research in areas such as nanoscale electronics, metal additive manufacturing, and energy systems;
  3. to advance engineering curriculum by integrating multidisciplinary nanotechnology education and hands-on laboratory experience in graduate, undergraduate, and high school courses to attract, train, and retain students, focusing on underrepresented groups, for STEM workforce; and
  4. to strengthen UDC’s ongoing collaborations and international research partnerships with NIST, NRL, KCNSC,ORL and  institutions.

Broader impact

Dr. Tyagi in lab instructing 3 lab assistants.

CNRE’s research will produce new knowledge in the high demand areas. UDC School of Engineering’s will advance the newly founded research center to provide nanotechnology resources and faculty skills to solve industry’s technological problems. CNRE will also serve as an attractive facility and resources to prospective new faculty researchers. CNRE will gain national and international significance and will develop partnerships and collaborations to benefit our faculty and students, who will be provided with opportunities to explore new ideas. The CNRE team will produce courses that infuse nanotechnology into undergraduate and graduate courses. CNRE will also engage counselors from STEM-oriented high schools as the advisors for recruitment and promotion..  CNRE will promote nanotechnology education for global audience through a web site, and by posting videos and seminars on a YouTube channel.


Dr. Pawan Tyagi