New Nanotechnology Centre for Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs

The US Department of Energy has approved the funding of a joint nanotechnology facility for Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratories to the tune of $75.8 million. The facility will be known as the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies or CINT.

These funds will go towards the design and construction of building to house the Center’s facilities. The main facility will be built in Albuquerque, while a smaller ‘gateway’ building will be constructed in Los Alamos, using part of an existing building. Construction of the gateway building is scheduled to begin in April 2004, while construction of the main building will commence in June of the same year.

CINT will provide researchers from industry and academia access to equipment as well as expertise and other resources from the two participants.

Funding for the project comes from a government initiative to accelerate nano research. CINT is one of five new facilities approved by the Department of Energy to probe Nanotechnology. In fact, investment in nanotechnology represents the governments’ largest current national investment into the scientific infrastructure. Under the scheme the government has allocated $500 million in 2001 and a further $620 in 2002.

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