The University of Texas at Austin may soon open a nanotechnology institute.
Backers say the South West Academy for Nanoelectronics could make the Lone Star State a major player in the emerging scientific field.
University of Texas System regents today are expected to give Chancellor Mark Yudof permission to seek grants from the state and
UT/Austin also has applied for a startup grant from the Nano Electronics Research Corporation, a subsidiary of a consortium of six high-tech companies.
UT would like Dallas-based semiconductor maker Texas Instruments and other companies to contribute ten (M) million to fund endowments for those professors.
Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating the tiniest units of matter and making use of the unusual properties.