The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky have announced receipt of a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country. More than 100 colleges and universities competed for the NSF grant.

UofL and UK are joining a new national network that will make university facilities, tools and expertise in nanoscale science, engineering and technology available to outside users.

Eight  key nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing facilities at UofL and UK will  become a collaborative center for academia, small businesses and industry to “make the next generation of smart products using the tiniest materials” according to Dr. Neville Pinto, UofL interim provost. “This will be a boon to Kentucky’s economic development future and support the ongoing work of UofL’s Institute for Product Realization in our new research park,” Pinto said.

The five year grant will be used to:

  • Enhance and upgrade advanced manufacturing equipment at UofL and UK research facilities
  • Add  staff to help train and support up to 500 additional external users
  • Provide seed money for research projects in key advanced manufacturing areas
  • Engage more minorities and women in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.

“The next generation of commercial, medical and industrial products will contain embedded tiny sensors and miniature wireless communication electronics” said Kevin Walsh, director of UofL’s Micro/Nanotechnology Center. “New manufacturing technologies will need to be developed so these smart products can be made quickly, reliably and economically. UofL and UK are tackling those challenges.”

“UK and UofL are developing unique infrastructure and expertise to build miniature solutions for applications in healthcare, energy, security and beyond” said J. Todd Hastings, director of the UK  Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. “This award enables academic and industrial researchers nationwide to join us.”

The announcement was made Sept. 21.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.