Friday, August 26, 2005

Nanotech tree huggers

Partnership would link Purdue, Forest Service (

    purdueA high-ranking member of the U.S. Forest Service wants to partner with Purdue University to create a forest product nanotechnology center.

    Michael Ritter, assistant director of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis., thinks Purdue's unique emphasis in nanotechnology and hardwood research could be a good fit for the future of forestry.

    "The federal government spent $985 million on nanotechnology in 2005," said Ritter, who toured the university Thursday during a two-day visit after an invitation from Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

    "This is the wave of the future. There's a lot of money going into it, but the forest product industry has been ignored." More here

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