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Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) bringing together researchers from the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science; Arts and Sciences; and Medicine. The NBIC exploits Penn's internationally recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules. The Center unites investigators from ten departments to provide, not only new directions for the life sciences, but also for engineering in a two-way flow essential to fully realizing the benefits of nano-biotechnology.

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Technical Research and Community Engagement
Biomolecular Optoelectronic Function

BOFNew chromophores combined with synthetic polypeptides are assembled with nanotubes and wires into functional devices to explore the physics of molecular optoelectronic function. electronics.
Molecular Motions

MMNovel techniques manipulate and characterize molecular motion of motor proteins, DNA, and protein folding, exploiting microfluidics and surface engineering to control local environments.
Single Molecule Probes

SPFA cross-cutting initiative advancing next generation electronic and near field optical local probes, and providing access in a multi user instrumentation facility.
Engaging Globally and Locally

Engaging Globally & LocallyA variety of constituencies from the research, business, education, health, and communities provide a portfolio of programs to educate and provide insight to societal implications of nanoscale science and technology.
NBIC Probe FacilityThe Nano/Bio Interface Center Probe Facility are available for external use. Our scanning probe microscopes and probe stations can image and measure electrical and mechanical properties of advanced materials in a variety of environments over a broad frequency range with up to nanometer spatial resolution. Staff support is on hand to help you plan and carry out your tests and experiments.
Award for Research Excellence in Nanotechnology

A. T. Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson Appointed as New Director of the NBIC
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Opportunity for student research in Grenoble, France
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REU applications now being accepted
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Minerals, Metals & Materials Society recognizes faculty member
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Four NBIC professors recognized with endowed honors
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NanoDay@Penn 2013
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Pilot Grants Program (NBIC), 2013
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Dawn Bonnell, NBIC Director, appointed to Vice Provost for Research
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GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation
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Wear at the nanoscale
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Dawn Bonnell Elected to National Academy of Engineering
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Shedding New Light on Biological Imaging
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AFM workshop at Ibersensor 2012
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Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering Workshop at UPENN
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Penn Researchers Create First Custom Designed Protein Crystal
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NBIC Distinguished Scholar, Yung Woo Park, Honored on April 2, 2012
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MinatecSummer Research Opportunities in France
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Job Prospects in Nanotechnology
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Progress on the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology
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Symposium: Building Cellular Complexity One Molecule at a Time
March 30, 2012
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Yung Woo Park, NBIC Visiting Distinguished Scholar Arrives
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NanoDay@Penn 2011
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Nano/Bio Interface Center Symposium: Local Probes at the Frontiers of Energy Systems and Biotechnology
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Agarwal Group show that ultrafast phototonic devices could operate at speeds a thousand times greater then currently possible
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Physical Science in Cancer Research Pilot Program Grants Program (NBIC), 2011
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Innovation Grants Program (NBIC), 2010
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New developments in electronic and optical devices
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"Polarization Mediated Properties at Interfaces: A path towardnovel molecular devices"
Lecture by Dawn A. Bonnell 4.5.11
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Producing Graphene at Industrial Scale
Charlie Johnson and his group (Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Science) report on a process to create graphene that is just a single layer thick over 95% of its area.
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Pilot project program on Physical Science in Cancer Research
The Nano/Bio Interface Center announces a Pilot Program for research involving physical science and engineering in cancer research.
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Motor Protein High-wire Act Revealed
Researchers explain novel approach that reveals myosin motor motion along actin filaments.
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Pilot project program on Physical Science in Cancer Research
The Nano/Bio Interface Center announces a Pilot Program for research involving physical science and engineering in cancer research.
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Penn breaks ground for nanotechnology center
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New International Research Opportunities for Penn students in France - Summer 2011
The Nano/Bio Interface Center will support all expenses related to travel and accommodations for a 10-week research exchange during the upcoming summer (23 May – 29 July). The program is centered at MINATEC in Grenoble, France
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Nanotech Student Pizza Party
Monday, February 14, 2011
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A Family Event
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Philly Materials Day
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NANODAYS@PENN 2010
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2010 Award for Research Excellence in Nanotechnology
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Science Cafe features Yale Goldman on October 20
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2010 NTI/ECI Nanotech Conference
This event will take place on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.
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Graduate Research Award Nominations
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The 2010 REU Students Complete Research
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First Cohort from France Completes Summer Research
Three graduate students from the research center called MINATEC in Grenoble, France completed a 10-week research experience at Penn this summer.
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Post-doctoral Associate Opening ... read more

Arjun Shah and Mike Shen take 3rd place ... read more

Innovation Awards: Call for Proposals ... read more

Discovery Channel, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and others report on the NBIC discovery of Plasmon Induced Current... read more

Purohit receives NSF Career Award... read more

John Scotland proposes a novel approach for imaging nanostructures ... read more

Innovation Grants Program (NBIC), 2009 ... read more

NanoDay@Penn October 28, 2009

Networking Around Research and Careers
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Imagine That
Image Contest
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$11.5 Million to Advance Nanoscale Research in Biological Systems
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Work-Study Position Opportunity
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Graduate Research Award Nominations
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Undergraduate Open House
October 15, 2009
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2009 Award for Research Excellence in Nanotechnology
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Special Seminar: Young Kuk, August 10
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NEW Master’s Degree In Nanotechnology
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NBIC Announces Three New members to the External Advisory Board
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DNI / LNN PA Regional Nanotechnology Conference Collaborating in Today’s Economy
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Igor Kulic has been awarded a permanent position in the French CNRS
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Professor Shree Singh joins NBIC Science Advisory Board
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Nanotechnology for the Study of Cellular and Molecular Interactions... read more

2009 Innovation Award Program deadline April 3, 2009... read more

Seeking High School Students in West Philadelphia for Summer Research Experience in Chemistry... read more

Wanted:Science Teachers for Professional Development in Nanoscale Science
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Professor Nelson recognized for excellence in teaching biophysics
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Professor Rob Carpick named Penn Fellow

New program deadlines have been added
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Dawn Bonnell speaks at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
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2008 Research Excellence Award
The 2008 Research Excellence Award in Nanotechnology will be awarded to Professor Naomi Halas during the annual NanoDay@Penn. ... read more

Undergraduate Open House
October 1, 2008 read flyer

Graduate Research Award Nominations
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Innovation Grants Program (NBIC), 2008
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Marija Drndic Recieves the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award
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Gigantic fuss over a teensy topic
Nanotechnology is the focus of attention at a Penn science fair.
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Two Recent Grant Funding to Yale Goldman
NIST Award of $2 Million to Develop a Tool to Study Proteins At Work in Living Cells & NSF Award of $700,000 from the Major Research Instrumentation Program
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Jonathan Spanier awarded with PECASE
Jonathan E. Spanier, NBIC researcher and Assistant Professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering at Drexel University, was recently honored at a White House ceremony with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
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NBIC Associate Director Yale Goldman Named 2007 AAAS Fellow
Yale E. Goldman, MD, PhD, Director, Pennsylvania Muscle Institute and Professor of Physiology is among the newest Fellows to be named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 
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Dr. John C. Schotland Awarded the School's Highest Teaching Honor
Dr. John C. Schotland, associate professor of bioengineering and electrical and systems engineering, was awarded the School’s highest teaching honor, the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award.
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Industry Partnership Podcast and video streaming available
On February 23, 2007, a distinguished panel of university and industry leaders assembled at the University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Interface Center to discuss exciting opportunities and complex challenges around university/ industry partnerships. 
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Bioethics and Nanotechnology New resources this spring
Several new podcasts have been added to the growing list of resources from Science and Society. The following are of particular interest in the nanobiotechnology area.
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Nader Engheta, "2006 Scientific American 50"
Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and professor of bioengineering in Penn’s
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Flexible DNA at the Nanoscale
Scientists have answered a long-standing molecular stumper regarding DNA: how can parts of such a rigid molecule bend and coil without requiring large amounts of force?
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NanoDay October 24, 2007
Each year, the Nano/Bio Interface Center sponsors a full day of exhibits, demonstrations, and laboratory tours to highlight nanotechnology
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