ROCHESTER, NY ( University of Rochester, joined by US Representative Louise Slaughter (NY-28), opened the Integrated Nanosystems Center (URnano) on campus. The center will be used for nanoscale physics, optics, chemistry, biomedicine and bioengineering research on commercialization of fuel cells, biosensors and other high-tech devices.

URnano comprises a 1,000-square-foot metrology facility and a 2,000-square-foot cleanroom for fabrication.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter helped bring the "impressive, state-of-the-art facility" to the Rochester campus, said University President Joel Seligman. Congresswoman Slaughter secured a total of $4.4 million in federal money across three funding cycles to make the project possible. The work started in 2007, Congresswoman Slaughter recalled, who championed the lab for its job- and company-creation potential. It will "train the next generation of scientists and engineers in nanotechnology," she added.

The center will enhance University of Rochester's existing engineering strengths, and encourage collaboration with industry, Seligman added. It complements other nanotech research in New York State, including UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and facilities at Cornell and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, pointed out Nicholas Bigelow, the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Physics, department chair, and Director of URnano. The University of Rochester is able to produce high-temperature nanomaterials and integrate optical device research and development.

URnano is part of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The University of Rochester is a leading private university. Learn more .