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New UCLA Engineering Research Center to Revolutionize Nanoscale Electromagnetic Devices

posted Jul 14, 2014, 10:17 AM by   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 10:17 AM ]

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from UCLA and other universities is poised to help turn science fiction into reality — in the form of some of the world's tiniest electromagnetic devices — thanks to a major grant from the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center program.

The grant, worth up to $35 million over 10 years, will fund a new center headquartered at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science that will focus on research aimed at developing highly efficient and powerful electromagnetic systems roughly the size of a biological cell — systems that can power a range of devices, from miniaturized consumer electronics and technologies important for national security to as-yet unimagined machines, like nanoscale submarines that can navigate through the human blood stream.