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Nano-accelerator: a launch pad for nanotechnology

Quartek's nano-accelerator in Greensboro, NC, offers researchers an affordable route to commercializing their ideas. The facility is the brainchild of Reyad Sawafta, a nuclear physicist by training who has a passion for problem solving. Scientists can pay by the hour for the use of equipment and are encouraged to share their expertise. Technology in the pipeline includes a gel for cleaning up drinking water and food packaging that you can dispose of by running under the hot tap. (Image credit: Quartek)