Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices

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The multi-institutional, interdisciplinary Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices (CMPND/“compound”) centered at The Ohio State University in conjunction with the University of Akron and University of Dayton, puts Ohio at the forefront of nanotechnology research and commercialization opportunities.

Information about the Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices can be found below.

Current updates on specific topics, including news articles and announcements, can be found using the following links:

Materials and Nanomaterials

Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering (CAPCE)


Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices (CANPBD)


Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC)

What is Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the field of science that involves the study and engineering of matter at a very tiny scale – between 1 and 100 nanometers.

One nanometer is about 3 atoms long. A single human hair is about 70,000 nanometers thick!

So we are talking about working with extremely small things and understanding and manipulating matter at this level to create helpful stuff and solve problems.

Nanotechnology has many applications. In the field of medicine, nanoparticles can deliver cancer fighting drugs directly to diseased cells thereby causing less side-effects and damage.

Nanotechnology can improve batteries, solar panels, and fuel cells.

An example in fabrics is the addition of nano-components added to conventional materials to repel stains and water.

It is possible for nanotechnology to affect every aspect of our lives in the future.

Polymer Industry Tops Ohio at $49 Billion

Research in nanotechnology is showing that the proper combinations of polymers, nanoparticles and/or biomolecules can offer tailored properties for advanced structural, photonic and biomedical products.

Find Success in America’s #1 Polymer State

Ohio delivers balance between a thriving business climate and personal fulfillment.

A world leader in the field of polymers, Ohio’s polymer industry is the state’s most expansive and important economic sector. From its early roots in tire production and support for the auto industry to supplying today’s growth industries, Ohio has always been the heart of America’s polymer industry.

USA Today Educate – science study lessons for teachers.

Solar – solar flares and space weather resource.

EMP Commission – exploring the threat of an electromagnetic pulse attack. – facts for Americans to debunk myths. – Columbus, Ohio’s International Visitors Council

Industry Articles


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