Sunday, November 26, 2006

It's Not Only Oil That Is Fueling Alberta's Economy


Nanotechnology - the science and technology of building devices, such as electronic circuits, from single atoms and molecules is a growing area in science and technology. "Edmonton has recently staked its place as a focus of international attention in the growing field of nanotechnology, with the University of Alberta at the forefront since the new National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT), a partnership between the National Research Council and the U of A, officially opened their new facility in June 2006."

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are making major headway and a name for themselves in this field. "Nanotechnology has a multidisciplinary effect on the fields of medicine, science and engineering. Projects currently being developed range from improving the efficiency of the oil sands industry to targeting diseases in more effective and less invasive ways for patients. All done with particles 50 000 times smaller than the width of a human hair."

Alberta's energy resources, top quality work force, desire to diversify it's economy and the provinces wealth due to the Oil Sands will all contribute to U of A's success in this burgeoning field of science.

See "Small Science May Mean Big Boom To The City OF Edmonton" from The Gateway to read the entire article

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