Clemson hosts 'Nanotechnology and the Automotive Industry'


CLEMSON -- Cars aren't shrinking, but the technology that drives them is.

Clemson University will host "Nanotechnology and the Automotive Industry," sponsored by Hitachi High Technologies America, Monday, Sept. 20, at the Madren Center.

"Clemson is a key site for the Hitachi Nanotechnology Seminar Series because their design philosophy epitomizes some key elements of our idea of a good model for a core nanotechnology facility," said Hidel Naito, director of the Public Relations Group, Electron Microscope Division, Hitachi High Technologies America.

Nanotechnology allows engineers to build materials atom by atom, giving them unprecedented control over their properties.

"As computers, sensors and microelectronics become more vital to vehicle operation and safety, reliability in microelectronics will be more important," said Joe Kolis, director of special projects at Clemson. "In addition to being reliable, these components will have to weather the wear and tear of humidity, rain and extreme temperatures. Nanotechnology is going to give us the control to build materials that are more durable and lightweight than anything we now have. The electron microscopy facility at Clemson is poised to play a vital role in the development of microelectronics and nanotechnology for the automobiles of the future."

Clemson is uniquely positioned to support nanotechnology research in advanced materials and automotives. The university is home to the 400-acre International Center for Automotive Research and a new $21 million advanced materials center.

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