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Nanotechnology Sensing Advances in Field and Environment (NanoSAFE) is West Virginia University’s initiative for nanoscale science, engineering and education (NSEE). Statewide, this effort also includes researchers at Marshall University and West Virginia State University, and those involved with the Research Infrastructure Improvement award 2010-2015 granted to the state: Bionanotechnology for Public Security and Environmental Safety.

NanoSAFE, formerly the WVNano initiative, officially began in 2004 under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at West Virginia University. It was initiated to bridge multidisciplinary research and academic and business operations resulting in the advancement of WVU’s NSEE efforts.

NanoSAFE is fully aligned with Vision 2015, the state’s science and technology plan, in which research and innovation are key drivers of West Virginia’s new, diverse and competitive economy. This alignment has catapulted NanoSAFE into successful collaborative efforts with industry, government agencies and academia.


Our goal is to provide the infrastructure necessary to stimulate innovative research in the area of nano-enabled science, engineering and medicine while integrating education, workforce development and outreach programs. NanoSAFE provides research and education experiences for a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, high school teachers and institutions in the state and enhances the prosperity of the nation by preparing our citizens for an increasingly knowledge-based economy.


NanoSAFE is funded by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement #1003907, the state of West Virginia (WVEPSCoR via the Higher Education Policy Commission) and the WVU Research Corporation.


David Lederman, PhD

Technical PI
Robert L. Carroll Professor of Physics
Robert C. Byrd Professor
Department of Physics
David.Lederman@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-5136
Lederman group web page

Lisa Sharpe

Assistant Director of Program Operations
Lisa.Sharpe@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-6872
Contact for: grant administration, personnel, program management, Shared Research Facilities billing and management

Kimberly Quedado, PhD

Education and Outreach Coordinator
313 White Hall
PO Box 6315
Morgantown, WV 26506

Contact for: Education/Outreach programs (K-12, undergraduate student opportunities, graduate student opportunities), website updates

Contact Information

886 Chestnut Ridge Road
PO Box 6223
Morgantown, WV 26506-6223
Fax: 304-293-6213
Phone: 304-293-6872

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