The mission of NanoInk’s NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program is to expand nanotechnology education from the cleanroom to the undergraduate classroom by providing an opportunity for students to engage in a hands-on nanoscience experience, and in so doing, better understand and appreciate the concepts, science, and tools necessary to work at the nanoscale.
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program includes four key elements:
1. Instrumentation: All four instruments contained within the NanoProfessor Program can be leveraged by participating institutions for both education and research. The heart of the NanoProfessor Program is NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System, the first desktop nanofabrication system allowing users to quickly and easily build custom-engineered nanoscale structures with a wide variety of materials from metal nanoparticles to biomolecules using NanoInk’s proprietary Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN). In addition to the NLP 2000, the NanoProfessor Program also includes a student-friendly AFM, fluorescence microscope, and a nanoparticle characterization instrument; all which provide students with a comprehensive hands-on nanoscale learning experience.
2. Curriculum: Developed, produced, and copyrighted by NanoInk, the core textbook for the NanoProfessor Program, titled “Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology”, has been specifically written with the undergraduate student in mind.
3. Hands-On Student Labs: Nine labs have been specifically designed by NanoInk to provide students with a true hands-on experience in creating a variety of nanoscale structures and understanding different nanoscale principles.
4. Significant Educator and Program Support: NanoInk offers a comprehensive set of educator support materials including instructor lecture slides and notes, e-based instrumentation videos, and extensive instructor lab guides. Program support includes complete instrumentation, curriculum, and lab training from NanoInk’s nanotechnology technicians, as well as marketing templates designed to assist institutions in marketing new or expanding nanoscience programs to prospective students.
The National Science Foundation projects a global nano-savvy workforce of 6 million by 2015; however, only 400,000 nano-savvy workers are currently in the global workforce. The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program helps students and companies prepare for the rapidly growing, globally competitive, field of nanotechnology.