Nanotechnology Building

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The Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center[1]

The Nanotechnology Building at Georgia Tech, also known as the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center, is one of the newer buildings on campus, opening on April 24, 2009. The NRC, as it is sometimes abbreviated, sports the largest cleanroom lab in the Southeast US [2], where engineers and scientists study molecules and atoms to develop advances in the field of nanotechnology. The thirty thousand square feet of cleanroom space is one of the first of its design, and provides significant space for research that uses nano science and nanotechnology in the emerging field of biotechnology. The work inside will focus on cutting edge systems that approach new ideas for drug delivery, cancer detection and treatment, DNA damage repair, and the detection and analysis of plaque formation for artery and cardiac disease prevention. [3]



An example of one of the uses of nanotechnology[4]

Nanotechnology is a new interdisciplinary field emerging with great potential, capable of touching every aspect of human life. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing how engineers and researchers accomplish tasks, because now they are studying the characteristics of atoms and molecules on a nanoscale in order to develop smaller and more efficient machines and tools. Nanotechnology can be used towards new techniques for medical diagnosis and treatment, long lasting sources of energy or light, new ideas for information technology devices, new ways to clean and protect the environment, new materials engineering for other uses from electrics to fabrics, and new manufacturing processes. Nanotechnology can extend further past these applications and into health, safety, and security such as gas sensors that can detect chemical and biological substances that could be potential harmful or producing substances ten times stronger than steel but much lighter, or even medical devices that can detect individual cancer cells and target them with specialized treatment.

The Nanotechnology Building provides opportunities such as a joining biomedical engineering program with Emory University and energy research using nanotechnology to boost performance of batteries, fuel cells, and censors. The Marcus Nanotechnology Building helps to take advantage of the economic opportunities offered by nanotechnology. Nanotechnology includes research done at the level of individual atoms, molecules, and cells and requires a very strict and pristine environment. The air in a normal room is filled with particles one-tenth of a millimeter which are too tiny to notice, but can interfere with an experiment on a nanoscale. Therefore, nanotechnology experiments require cleanrooms made of special materials that do not give off these microscopic particles and have specially filtered air circulating. Since these types of experiments are also very sensitive to vibrations, the Nanotechnology Building provides a safe haven from automobile noises and vibrations, and heating and cooling system vibrations[5]. The building is unique because the cleanroom space itself can be reconfigured fairly easily and the air filtration system can be moved in various parts of the cleanroom to serve different types of research needs. This design allows the state of the art cleanroom to be more useful because it can be used for a wide array of different purposes. [6]


"Leading Nanotechnology Research

The manipulation and study of matter at the nanoscale is increasingly playing an important role in every scientific and engineering discipline. This research and its eventual commercialization have the ability to fundamentally change the way products as diverse as electronics, paints, medical devices, solar cells, and cancer therapeutics are designed and manufactured.

Georgia Tech is one of the world leaders in nanoscience and nanotechnology research. As the premier nanotechnology research facility in the region, the Nanotechnology Research Center already serves more than 500 researchers per year, with nearly 40 percent of these coming from other universities, colleges, companies, and government labs.

The Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Research Center consists of the Pettit Microelectronics Building and the newly completed Marcus Nanotechnology Building. The Marcus Building cleanroom has an innovative combination of traditional inorganic cleanroom space adjacent to a cleanroom designed for research at the interface between life sciences and nanotechnology. These areas are physically connected to allow for research samples to be transferred between them. More importantly, this connectivity will foster novel designs and applications through interdisciplinary research collaboration.

With Atlanta as a nationally recognized hub for emerging technology businesses, Georgia Tech, located in the heart of Atlanta and among the research university leaders for invention disclosures and patent generation, is the ideal site to become the region's focal point for nanotechnology innovation and high-tech economic development.

The Nanotechnology Research Center is a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, supported by the National Science Foundation." [7]


Office floorplan of the Nanotechnology Building

The Nanotechnology Building consists of a first floor lab and office and a second floor lab and office. The offices consists of 24 offices spread about the perimeter of the building with other rooms in the middle used for various purposes. The lab floors consist of 9 large lab rooms arranged in a square with the mens and ladies restrooms and a janitors closet located above the square of labs. The building's design architect was Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and the executive architect was the M+W Group. The building won many awards for its design and construction, including the 2010 Design of Honor Award from Society of American Registered Architects; the 2010 Design Award from the North American Copper in Architecture Awards; the 2009 Merit Award for Design from AIA Philidelphia, the 2009 Special Award for Best Project Management from the Southeast Construction Best of 2009 Awards; and the 2008 Silver Citation of Merit from CISCA Construction Excellence Awards.[8]




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