|Survey: UNC ranks in top 5 for nanotech research|
|Wednesday, May 13, 2009|
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named by a business trade magazine among the top universities in the United States for its work in nano- and microtechnology.
“Small Times” magazine ranked UNC 5th in the “research” category in its 2009 University Report and Rankings.
According to the magazine, its annual survey identifies which institutions are the “best of the best” in micro- and nanotechnology. Rankings are based on a questionnaire which aims to gauge universities’ capabilities and strengths in research and commercialization, as well as their standing among others via a peer review category.
“This national ranking by ‘Small Times’ magazine is a tribute to the faculty members at Carolina who are conducting leading edge research in micro- and nanotechnology,” said Robert Lowman, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for research. “This work has already led to the creation of new companies here in North Carolina, and those companies are creating real jobs at a time when our economy needs a boost. I am delighted that UNC is being recognized for its leadership in this exciting research field.”
The other institutions in the top five in the research category were Penn State, Washington, Maryland and Cornell.
Research ranking criteria included funding, facilities, staff, students, degrees conferred and papers presented.
Dedicated micro- and nanotechnology centers based at UNC include the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology (IAM); the Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes (CERSP); the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery (CNDD); the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (C-CCNE); and the Laser Nanofabrication Laboratory and the Dip Pen Nanolithography Laboratory.
Small Times magazine Web site: http://www.smalltimes.com