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Feiyu Kang of Tsinghua University addresses a nanotechnology workshop at UD.

Strengthening global partnerships

Nanotechnology workshop expands UD’s international reach


11:37 a.m., May 6, 2011--Engineers from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, traveled nearly 7,000 miles across three continents to share their research with University of Delaware faculty at a joint nanotechnology workshop held on campus April 27-28.

Tsinghua University is one of China’s top universities. UD formed a mutual agreement with the academic institution in 2008 to foster research and educational collaborations among faculty, especially in engineering. 

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According to Provost Tom Apple, the workshop illustrates several of the University’s most important goals: to expand international reach and amplify impact; to strengthen global partnerships; and to develop collaborative initiatives in international and transnational issues. 

“These are key priorities in our strategic plan -- our Path to ProminenceTM -- and we are committed to ensuring that UD plays a significant role in the global community,” Apple said.

Advances in nanotechnology -- the science of the very small -- have direct implications in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence and health, according to workshop organizer Bingqing Wei, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Keynote speakers Tsu-Wei Chou, Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at UD, and Feiyu Kang, materials science professor and supervisor of the New Carbon Materials Laboratory at Tsinghua University, discussed some of the challenges facing today’s scientists.

Chou shared recent advances in carbon nanotubes, while Kang addressed new technologies in energy storage devices that use nano-sized materials. Faculty presentations, a poster session and a tour of UD laboratories rounded out the two-day conference

“Partnerships such as this are critical to UD establishing a presence on the worldwide stage and enhancing its global impact,” said Babatunde Ogunnaike, deputy dean of the College of Engineering.

About Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University, which traces its origins to 1911, is one of the most prominent, and highly selective, institutions of higher education in China. This comprehensive university consists of 15 schools, 55 departments and over 74 research institutes, including 12 state key laboratories and three national engineering laboratories. While engineering has been the primary focus at Tsinghua University, academic offerings have been significantly expanded to include medicine, sciences, law, liberal arts, education and management, among others. The school is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students and boasts an enrollment of more than 29,000 students.

Article by Katie Galgano

Photos by Ambre Alexander

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