Romeoville businesses collaborate on nanotechnology research

Two Romeoville businesses collaborate on nanotechnology research

Published: June 21, 2012.

Lewis University student Alessandro Mazza
conducts nanotechnology research.

Lewis University and Nanophase Technologies Corporation (OTCQB:NANX), a technology leader in nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, have entered a collaboration to investigate aspects of engineered nanoparticle dispersions in polishing applications. Nanophase approached Lewis University for its expertise in nanotechnology/substrate planarization and provided a research grant, which will be used to support a summer undergraduate student researcher.

Dr. Patrick Murray, Vice President of Research and Development at Nanophase notes “Nanophase is pleased to be collaborating with Lewis University and the Keleher group on this project. Lewis provides capability and expertise which will be valuable in helping Nanophase to grow its business, and, at the same time, Nanophase recognizes the value to the scientific community and to our nation’s future of involving students early in industrial research. We are proud to participate in this ‘win-win’ situation.

“This type of project provides a unique experience for our undergraduate students. Nanophase is another fine example of the industry leaders we are partnering with to address global scientific challenges. ” commented Dr. Jason Keleher, Principal Collaborator and Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Keleher will also serve as the faculty mentor for Lewis University student Alessandro Mazza of River Grove, who will be conducting the research.

Lewis University offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Students are engaged in innovative learning, which involves research in areas of materials science, surface science and nanotechnology. Graduates of the program are enrolled in dental school, medical school, veterinary school and other graduate studies. Graduates are also leaders in the industries of biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science or materials science.

Nanophase Technologies Corporation (NANX),, is a leader in nanomaterials technologies and provides nanoengineered solutions for multiple industrial product applications. Using a platform of patented and proprietary integrated nanomaterial technologies, the Company creates products with unique performance attributes from two ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 facilities. Nanophase delivers commercial quantity and quality nanoparticles, coated nanoparticles and nanoparticle dispersions in a variety of media.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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