Nanotechnology Sensing Advances in Field and Environment (NanoSAFE)

D. Lederman
West Virginia University, US

Keywords: portable biosensors, nanotechnology,

Summary:

Nanotechnology Sensing Advances in Field and Environment (NanoSAFE) is West Virginia University’s initiative for nanoscale science, engineering and education. Statewide, this effort also includes researchers at Marshall University and West Virginia State University, and those involved with the 2010-2015 Research Infrastructure Improvement award granted to the state by the National Science Foundation. The goal of NanoSAFE is to provide the infrastructure necessary to stimulate innovative research in the area of nano-enabled science, engineering and medicine while integrating education, workforce development and outreach programs. NanoSAFE scientific and engineering research focuses on bionanotechnology for enhanced public security and environmental safety. Of particular interest is the development of fundamental knowledge needed for field-deployable sensors that can monitor DNA fingerprinting and the presence of specific heavy metals, pathogens, and other environmental threats in real-time. NanoSAFE is funded by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement #1003907, the state of West Virginia (WVEPSCoR via the Higher Education Policy Commission) and the WVU Research Corporation.