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The NRCC was established in December 2002 by the Board of Trustees to promote and facilitate nanotechnology research at WMU. Research in the nanotecnology is a national priority. NRCC is managed by Professor Ekkehard Sinn, Department of Chemistry.

Nanotechnology is a new paradigm dealing with fundamental studies and applications in extremely small dimensions (nanometer – atomic and molecular dimensions). This will fundamentally change the process of scientific inquiry, education, and application in essentially every field of study and can be expected to lead to exciting beneficial new discoveries. NRCC's unique niche area is “nanobioenvironmental chemistry” which will build on Western's existing research strengths in nanotechnology approaches to environmental chemistry, biotechnology, and interrelated phenomena and problems. Western is in an unique position with the existing strengths in chemistry, biology, environmental science, physics, and engineering to make a significant impact in this critically important field which will significantly impact many areas including national security and defense.