What is the NorTex Nano Cluster?

The NorTex Nano Cluster is a community of researchers, government and businesspeople who work at the nanoscale, and our objective is to gain progress in research and solutions by building collaborations between Norwegian and Texan scientists and engineers .

The Cluster is an outgrowth of collaboration-generating activities, starting with the 2012 Transatlantic Science Week in Houston, continuing with the 2013 Texas-Norway Seminar and Workshop in 2013, and developing most recently with the 2014 NorTex Nano Summit.

NorTex Nano Summit – held in Houston, October 2014

The Norwegian Consulate General, in collaboration with Rice University, the University of Houston and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, held a summit in October 2014 to foster co-operation amongst multiple participants, from across Texas and Norway, within a broad range of nanotechnology related disciplines.

Counting the 2012 Transatlantic Science Week as the first, the second Norway-Texas nano event took place in 2013 in Trondheim, Norway – the home of NTNU – and impacted two joint projects: NANO2021 and NSF. NANO2021 is the Norwegian Research Council’s large scale program to meet the goals for research and development within the Nano Technology Branch, set by the Norwegian Government. The programme is designed to bring the national knowledge base in nanotechnology and advanced materials to an even higher international level.

With this years’ summit in Houston, the organizers continued to build cooperation between participating institutions on an increasingly focused set of topics. Some of those topics were:

– Cancer Detection
– Neuroscience
– Water Treatment
– Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery
– Carbon Capture
– Solar Energy Research

Norwegian universities represented included NTNU, University of Bergen, University of Stavanger and University of Oslo.

Universities in Texas that are already active in the NorTex Nano Cluster include Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston and University of Texas at Austin. The Summit included researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, several oil & gas companies, NASA-Johnson Space Center and Wyle Engineering.

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