Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Director: John D. Joannopoulos | Email | Website

77 Massachusetts Ave. • NE47 • Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 324-4700

Founded in 2002, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) is a three-member team designed to leverage the unique capabilities of the US Army, industry, and MIT. The ISN mission is to help the Army dramatically improve the survivability of the Soldier by working at and extending the frontiers of nanotechnology through basic research and the transitioning of promising outcomes of that research in collaboration with our Army and industry partners. This mission includes not only decreasing the weight that Soldiers carry but also improving blast and ballistic protection, creating new methods of detecting and detoxifying chemical and biological threats, and providing physiological monitoring and medical treatment. The ultimate goal is to help the Army create integrated systems of nanotechnologies that combine high-tech protection and survivability capabilities with light weight, better performance, and improved compatibility with the end user.

Approximately 30 faculty members from several MIT academic departments, including 6 School of Engineering departments, participate in ISN research, as do approximately 70 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. ISN research is divided into three strategic areas:

Lightweight, Multifunctional Nanostructured Materials and Fibers:

To Provide Increased Capabilities to Soldiers and Platforms Including Situational Awareness, Sensing, Portable Power and Threat Protection Through Nano-structured Systems

Soldier Medicine:

To Prevent, Diagnose and Treat Injuries and Disease Through Nano-engineered Materials and Devices

Blast and Ballistic Threats:

To Develop Lightweight Nano-engineered Protective Materials and Elucidate Mechanisms of Human Injury and Materials Damage or Failure