During a recent visit to the University of Arkansas Technology Park Sen. Mark Pryor announced the formation of the Arkansas Nanotechnolo-gy Alliance. The statewide consortium will bring universities, federal agencies and private sector partners together to develop, launch and nurture nanotechnology initiatives.
Nanotechnology is an emerging scientific field that aims to create devices, materials and systems at the nanometer scale. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or roughly 100,000 times smaller than a strand of hair. Scientists are studying and designing materials and systems at this sub-microscopic level. By working at the atomic level, they can create materials that have new or improved optical, thermal, magnetic or electrical properties.
Pryor, who will serve as ANA chair, said nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize the way people design and manufacture the next generation of products.
He said advances in nanotechnology are expected to lead to groundbreaking benefits throughout industries, and perhaps the most promising research is in the fields of medicine and life science. Nanotechnology promises to improve drug discovery, drug delivery and diagnostics, the senator said.