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Nanotechnology may very well provide the answer for that age old question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The building blocks of the nano world are molecules, atoms, electrons, cells. This exciting new frontier already promises to revolutionize the way we practice health, manufacture products, and communicate.

Scientists around the world are racing to meet the nano challenge. What attracted the NRC to Edmonton was the multi-disciplinary approach researchers at the University of Alberta were using to successfully embrace the nano world. With a startup fund of 120 million dollars from the National Research Council, the Government of Alberta and the University of Alberta, the National Institute of Nanotechnology was established at the University of Alberta in late 2001.

Alberta already promises to be a hotbed of innovation on the nano front. Rising stars include Dr. Linda Pilarski, Dr. Chris Backhouse, Dr. Michael Brett, Dr. Jed Harrison, Dr. Mark Freeman, Dr. David Wishart, and Dr. Karin Kaler.

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