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Sustainable Nanotechnology
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Located at the corner of Stanger and Old Turner Streets. Kelly Hall contains 100,000 square feet of engineering-led research labs, offices, and workspaces. Kelly Hall serves as the research institute's headquarters.
VT Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology 233 Kelly Hall, ICTAS, Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA 24061
Kelly Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
IGEP Degree in Sustainable Nanotechnology
Minimum GPA: 3.3
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Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Jan 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Graduate Program Director : Peter Vikesland
Professors: Linsey Marr; Amy Pruden-Bagchi; Peter Vikesland
Associate Professors: Guoliang Liu; Frederick Michel; Maren Roman; Liqing Zhang
Assistant Professors: Wei Zhou
Nick Prillaman Professor: Peter Vikesland
Charles P . Lunsford Professor: Linsey Marr
W. Thomas Rice Professor: Amy Pruden-Bagchi
Associate Professor of Practice: Sean McGinnis
Research Assistant Professors: Matthew Hull
Research Scientists: Weinan Leng

Sustainable Nanotechnology

The focus of the SuN IGEP is to develop a new paradigm wherein the sustainability of a given nanotechnology is considered during its entire life cycle. The primary research goal of the SuN IGEP is to facilitate the incorporation of sustainable design concepts in the nanotechnology field.  The sustainability of a particular technology is often an afterthought in the design process; however, because nanotechnology is still in its infancy there is significant potential to proactively direct the field towards sustainable design. The primary educational goal of the SuN IGEP is to produce doctoral graduates that have the skills and expertise to provide leadership in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable nanotechnologies.  This IGEP builds upon the existing infrastructure of the ICTAS VTSuN Center of Excellence, the NSF/EPA supported Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), and the EIGER NSF IGERT and the Green Engineering programs at Virginia Tech.  Collectively these interdisciplinary efforts provide the intellectual focus and background for our IGEP group.

Colleges and Departments:
College of Engineering
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Materials Science and Engineering
College of Natural Resources and Environment
    Sustainable Biomaterials
College of Science Departments

For more information please contact Peter Vikesland, Principal Investigator,

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.3
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
VT SuN is not a degree-granting program.

Sustainable Nanotechnology

The SuN IGEP investigators maintain laboratories in each of their individual departments. Details about these laboratories can be found at the individual investigator websites. A summary of the VTSuN program may be found at the VTSuN website:

Kelly Hall Laboratories

The VTSuN IGEP maintains extensive laboratories within Kelly Hall. The instrumentation available in these labs is described on the VTSuN webpage.