Nano-Safety and Security
Nano-Safety and Security Research at NC State
Researchers in departments across NC State are exploring the many ways that nanotechnology can help promote safety and security, including the development of new thermal clothing that protects firefighters from fire exposure.
Nano-Safety & Security Centers & Labs
- Founded in 1923, the The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is a NC State resource for materials characterization. AIF operates numerous analytical instruments-including state-of-the-art electron microscopy, focused ion beam and materials analysis-maintained by a professional staff. AIF staff train users to operate analytical instrumentation, design efficient analytical experiments, and interpret data. AIF also offers short courses and formal classroom instruction.
- The Precision Engineering Center is a multidisciplinary research center that began in 1982 and includes faculty and graduate students from NC State's Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments. The Center, housed in an 11,000-square-foot facility on Centennial Campus, emphasizes metrology (sensors and measurement systems), innovative precision fabrication processes (machining, grinding, polishing), and real-time process control.
- The Textile Protection and Comfort Center provides faculty and students with a coordinated environment where interdisciplinary problems related to textile comfort and protection performance can be studied and solved. The major goal is to support basic and applied research programs that will develop fundamental knowledge and be the basis for improved performance in comfort for clothing and protective clothing systems in various end use scenarios.