NASA must reinvest in nanotechnology research, according to new Rice University paper

by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 17, 2012

The United States may lose its leadership role in space to other countries unless it makes research and development funding and processes – especially in nanotechnology – a renewed and urgent priority, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The paper, “NASA’s Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future Challenges,” investigates how NASA has both guided and defunded cutting-edge nanotechnology development since 1996 at its own research facilities and in its collaborations with university scientists and laboratories.

The research was conducted by a team at Rice that included Baker Institute science and technology policy fellow Kirstin Matthews, current Rice graduate student Kenneth Evans and former graduate students Padraig Moloney and Brent Carey. The paper sheds light on a broad field that holds tremendous potential for improving space flight by reducing the weight of spacecraft and developing smaller and more accurate sensors.

Read more: NASA must reinvest in nanotechnology research, according to new Rice University paper — Nano Daily.

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