Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center (RNC)
The RNC was founded in March 2001 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to conduct fundamental nanotechnology research. Since September 2001, the RNC has hosted the NSF's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostuctures, which comprises three coordinated interdisciplinary and inter-institutional thrusts: Nanoparticle Gels and Polymer Nanocomposites; Nanostructured Biomolecule Composite Architectures; and Serving Society through Education and Outreach. Combining computational design with experimentation affords novel pathways to assemble functional multiscale nanostructures with junctions and interfaces between structurally, dimensionally, and compositionally different nanoscale building blocks. Research output is exploited through industry networks and innovative educational outreach activities aimed at exciting and educating a diverse cadre of students.