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UW gets $10 million for nanotechnology (6:35 a.m. 12/18/09)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have won a $10 million federal grant for nanotechnology work.

The five-year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology will go toward using nanotechnology to create a new casting technology for commercial production of aluminum and magnesium nanocomposites.

UW-Madison officials said manufacturers are turning to lightweight aluminum and magnesium alloys, which promise more energy efficiency than iron and steel. The lighter alloys can be reinforced with nanoparticles.

Xiaochun Li, the professor who leads the UW-Madison team, said a new nanocomposite industry could rise as the use of nanotechnology in casting grows.

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