A Matter of Size by Committee to Review the National Nanotechnology Initiative,

By Committee to Review the National Nanotechnology Initiative, National Research Council

The nationwide Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was once created in 2000 to concentration and coordinate the nanoscience and nanotechnology study and improvement (R&D) actions being funded through numerous federal businesses. the aim of the NNI is to marshal those examine actions in an effort to speed up liable improvement and deployment of nanotechnology for fiscal profit and nationwide safeguard. To take inventory of the development of the NNI, Congress, in P. L. 108-153, the twenty first Century Nanotechnology learn and improvement Act, directed the nationwide study Council to hold out a evaluate of this system each 3 years. This document provides the result of the 1st of these experiences, which addresses the industrial effect of nanotechnology advancements and offers a benchmark of U.S. R&D efforts relative to these undertaken via overseas rivals. moreover, the document bargains an evaluate of the present prestige of accountable improvement of nanotechnology and reviews at the feasibility of molecular self-assembly.

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Html A Review of the N a t i o na l N an o t e c h n o l o g y I n i t i a t i v e In addition to educating students, sharing the discoveries of science with a broader audience is an important responsibility of the science and technology community. Beyond efforts to impact K-16 education, understanding by and engagement of the public are important objectives that the science community must address, given that such understanding is basic to the public’s trust in and support for nanotechnology R&D, on the one hand, and to the public’s excitement about scientific exploration and discovery in general, on the other.

All rights reserved. html 36 A M at t e r of Size Goal 1: Maintain a World-Class Research and Development Program Aimed at Realizing the Full Potential of Nanotechnology The committee notes that federal R&D programs are intended to advance the boundaries of knowledge and develop technologies that address government and national needs. To accomplish the vision of the NNI, a coordinated federal investment has been developed at the frontiers and intersections of many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering, materials, and physics.

23 National Science Foundation The NSF’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) comprises facilities at 13 partner universities aimed at providing fabrication and characterization facilities, instrumentation, and expertise. These facilities either are subsidized or the full cost is recovered, and they are accessible through merit review. The NNIN was started in 2004, with more than $28 million allocated for the 5-year effort. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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