Big Army Using Tiny Technology
The U.S. Army just awarded MU a $5 million contract for nano-technology research.
Engineering professor Shubhra Gangopadhyay has worked for 20 years with tiny, explosive materials no bigger than atoms. To visualize just how tiny they are, imagine one human hair divided into a million parts.
"We really want to create shock waves with it," explained Gangopadhyay, "and also use this energy, energetic material, in munition systems and weapons."
She heads MU's International Center for Nano Systems and Nano-Technology. For the Army, her first goal is to improve and strengthen rocket fuel.
But, the military is not the only industry that's in the market for nano-technology.
"Everybody wants a smaller and faster computer, so machines like these help you to do that," explained Gangopadhyay. "It can be used for breast cancer research. It can be used for alternative energy resources. I mean, there's just 100 different resources. It's a huge resource that we are just now finding things for. I'm excited that we get to bring some of our technology, which we are developing for the last 4 years, into some use."