The Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. on Long Island, formally launched its $55 million new Center for Functional Nanomaterials on 8 March 2002. Research at the Center will focus on collaborative projects with industry and academic researchers to better understand the physical, chemical and magnetic properties of materials at the nanoscale, as well as determine what applications these nanomaterials can provide. Coverage of the new Brookhaven initiative is available on the web:
- An article from United Press International ("NY national lab aids nanotech research", by Scott R. Burnell, 8 March 2002).
- An article on the Small Times website ("Nanotech experts gather at Brookhaven to plot future of nanoscience center", by Jack Mason, 7 March 2002).
Although the Brookhaven nanomaterials research center is new, the lab has been involved in studies aimed at understanding the nanoscale properties of catalysts and how electric charges move at the nanoscale (see Nanodot post from 12 July 2001).