NRL Breaks Ground for Nanoscience Building

1/23/2002 - 8-02r
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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a nanoscience research building on January 23, 2002. The building, which is being funded with MILCON funds, is projected for opening in the summer of 2003.

The new research building will have approximately 5,000 square feet of Class 100 clean room space configured in ballroom style (for easy adaptation to changing needs), approximately 4,000 square feet of quiet (low vibration, acoustic noise and EMI, as well as tight temperature control +/-0.25°C) laboratory space and approximately 1,000 square feet of ultraquiet (lower vibration, acoustic vibration and EMI with even tighter temperature control +/-0.1°C) laboratory space.

Dr. Gary Prinz, director of the newly established Nanoscience Institute at NRL, said, "This new facility will permit the nanoscience research programs at the Naval Research Laboratory to thrive, by providing our scientists with the most modern facilities. This will enable NRL to continue to provide the Navy and the Department of Defense with cutting edge expertise to address problems of the 21st century."

CAPT Douglas Rau, NRL's Commanding Officer, Dr. Bhakta Rath, head of NRL's Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate, Dr. Gary Prinz, director of NRL's Nanoscience Institute, and CAPT William Boudra, Commanding Officer of the Engineering Field Activity, Chesapeake, took part in the ground breaking ceremony.

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