The University of Alabama (UA) Board of Trustees in their meeting on February 3, 2006 approved the formation of “Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration (CNMB)”. This interdisciplinary center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is housed in the Department of Physics with participation of faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Dentistry, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. Dr. Yogesh Vohra is the current and founding director of CNMB.
CNMB is a world-class interdisciplinary research and student training center focusing on the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials with broad applicability in materials under extreme environments, nano-enabled biomedical imaging and drug delivery platforms, and nanostructured coatings and materials for biomedical implants and vascular grafts. CNMB serves as an umbrella organization for interdisciplinary research training for undergraduates and graduate students in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering. CNMB is also actively involved in partnerships for innovation with Birmingham Business Alliance and small businesses to translate lab-based discoveries into viable commercial products and promote technology-based economic development of the seven-county Birmingham region.