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Robert Haddon

Robert Haddon

Bringing Nanotechnology to Medicine

Professor Robert Haddon and researchers in his laboratory continue to investigate nanotechnology, what Haddon calls "the final frontier in miniaturization, at least on the surface of the planet."

Nanotechnology is revolutionizing the way we do many things, and nanotubes hold promise for applications in the health care, semiconductor, aerospace and chemical industries, to name just a few.

The distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical & environmental engineering has shown that carbon nanotubes can be successfully used as scaffolds for new bone growth. The tubes are 25,000 times finer than a human hair, yet small, strong and carbon-based — a perfect structure to act as scaffolds to hold up regenerating bone.

For his outstanding contributions to the science and application of new materials, Haddon received the 2008 James C. McGroddy Prize. The annual award is endowed by IBM and includes an invited talk at the American Physical Society's international conference.

UCR is a powerhouse of interdisciplinary research efforts in nanotechnology. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, directed by Haddon, reflects the mix of disciplines focused around problems that can be solved with the basic building blocks of matter. Nanotechnology encompasses all the scientific disciplines including chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, computing and medicine.

The Materials Science and Engineering building, which opened in 2011, is a common home for such cross-disciplinary pursuits. The facility provides nearly 77,000 assignable square feet of research space to accommodate research needs of the Bourns College of Engineering and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. In addition, a 10,000-square foot clean room provides ample space for nanofabrication.

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