The International Association of Nanotechnology (IANT), is a non-profit organization with the goals to foster scientific research and business development in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology for the benefit of society (3). The Association was one of the first organizations to bring together nanotechnologists and business leaders, inviting them to share and collaborate with their colleagues from around the world. The Association hopes that through collaborations innovations can be achieved, such as conquering diseases with nanomedicine, and solving the potential shortage of energy with nanomaterials (4).
Facilities and Research Initiatives
The International Association of Nanotechnology annually accepts abstracts to be presented at their International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech Conference. The conference gathers world class researchers, business executives and engineers from over 30 countries and covers various topics including nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanodevices, nanoelectronics and nanofabrication (3).
Over the past three years, the Association has trained more than 325 scientists, engineers and business executives who have completed a Certiﬁcate Program in Nanoscience and Nanotech Business Re-engineering at the California Institute of Nanotechnology Training Center (4). In partnership with the California Institute of Nanotechnology and Clean Tech Institute, the International Association of Nanotechnology is offering a number of intensive training programs to business executives, professional managers and dislocated workers for the emerging and high growth industries. These high tech professional development training workshops are taught by a world-class faculty consisting of professors from Stanford University, NASA, California Institute of Nanotechnology and other leading organizations and industry partners (1).
The International Association of Nanotechnology and the Clean Tech Institute is setting up two Nano Bio Clean Tech Innovation Centers (“NBCI Centers”) in California to serve as a catalyst to foster innovation collaboration and to provide education & training programs in the emerging field of nanotechnology, bionanotechnology, and renewable energy industry, with the goal to create jobs and economic vitality in the community (2).
To foster an emerging field with a wide range of disciplines, the Association works with many subject experts who serve on the advisory board of the Association. Their large network of scientific and business advisors enables them to reach out to a high number of stakeholders worldwide – from those involved in scientific research, commercialization applications, and environmental and health and safety issues, to the societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology. The International Association of Nanotechnology received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor with this money the Association has successfully developed a curriculum to train a new generation of nanotechnologists (4). The Association has many partnerships through the training programs including Stanford University, California Institute of Nanotechnology and NASA (1).
The NBCI Centers are supported through multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships and collaborations including: NASA Ames Research Center, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, California Institute of Nanotechnology, Clean Tech Institute, US Green Vehicle Council, Advanced Vehicle Testing Laboratory, AMPTRAN Motor Corporation (2).