It was almost 39 years ago that Bob Dylan went electric at Newport and was almost booed off the stage. Of course, the times they have a-changed and today, don't think twice, it's all right for nano to plug in. In fact, you could positively be tangled up in green -- about a hundred grand -- if you have a small electric idea. The Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I) is offering a bit of cash through June 14 for faculty members and research organizations affiliated with academic institutions.
- The inaugural year's topic is the application of nanotechnology to the electric system, which is defined as the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Proposals should examine ways nanotechnology can be used to upgrade our current electric system beyond its present day capabilities. Possible topic areas include catalysts and membrane materials for fuel cells and photovoltaics, energy storage, CO2 sequestration, capture of air toxics, remediation of fossil and nuclear waste, development of novel sensors, and high current cables (superconductors or quantum conductors). More here
So, if after 20 years of schoolin' they put you on the day shift, don't spend one too many mornings only a nano hobo, knock-knock-knockin' on the NNI's door. Go stare into the vacuum of E2I and ask them, "Do you want to make a deal?"
Sorry, Zimmy. If you can do lingerie ads, I can mangle your songs on my blog.