NSTI Nanotech 2009

Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN)

Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN)

CBEN’s mission is to discover and develop nanomaterials that enable new medical and environmental technologies.

The mission is accomplished by the following:

  • Fundamental examination of the ‘wet/dry’ interface between nanomaterials, complex aqueous systems, and ultimately our environment (Theme 1).
  • Engineering research that focuses on multifunctional nanoparticles that solve problems in environmental and biological engineering (Themes 2, 3).
  • Educational programs that develop teachers, students, and citizens who are well informed and enthusiastic about nanotechnology.
  • Innovative knowledge transfer that recognize the importance of communicating nanotechnology research to the media, policymakers, and the general public.

This mission is inspired by the observation that because of their small size and unique properties, nanomaterials interact with and control biological systems in entirely new ways. Our research exploits these novel capabilities to develop innovative biomedical and environmental technologies. To ensure that our technologies flourish, our outreach addresses broader issues such as technology transfer, public acceptance, and workforce training.

The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology fosters the development of this field through an integrated set of programs that aim to address the scientific, technological, environmental, human resource, commercialization, and societal barriers that hinder the transition from nanoscience to nanotechnology.

Sponsor of the symposium on Environment, Safety & Society.

Web site: cben.rice.edu

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