Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State (NICKS)
The Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State (NICKS) housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine has been founded to allow Kansas State University to take a leadership position in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that would foster major advances in the broad field of nanotechnology. This Center will build upon the existing strengths of KSU faculty and leverage them to produce new applications for nanotechnology by building self-sustaining research and graduate training programs.
The NICKS Center will not only engage faculty but will promote the commercialization of their research in their respective areas. The Center is equipped with state of the art equipment used in characterization, localization and assessing toxicity of nanomaterials. This Center will also serve as a regional resource for companies actively engaged in nanotechnology projects, industrial sponsors, defense contractors, academic researchers from other universities, and entrepreneurs to pursue innovative ideas that could potentially lead to commercialization.
NICKS will actively engage faculty from the disciplines of physics, chemistry, agriculture, engineering, biology, computational medicine, veterinary medicine, and other related sciences to globally impact the direction of nanoscience research by taking advantages of unique expertise available at KSU. In addition to strengthening KSU's existing nanotechnology research programs, it would be the first nanotechnology research center housed at a veterinary college with an agricultural and comparative medicine focus. This fits a unique niche in the international landscape of nanotechnology research.
NICKS would develop a rigorous research focus on using sustainable agriculture-based nanomaterials which could lead to breakthrough discoveries in the treatment and diagnosis of animal diseases, improve food safety, as well as interface closely with the infectious disease community supporting NBAF research initiatives.