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Nov 21, 2014
Materials scientists across industry, academia, and government have joined forces to replace heavy steel structures in cars with composites reinforced by ultra-strong, lightweight nanoparticles extracted from trees. These nanocellulose materials promise to be an economical substitute for expensive carbon fiber composites used in luxury automobiles.
Jan 17, 2014
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lloyd Whitman as the Interim Director of the NNCO. Dr. Whitman, who has been serving as the Deputy Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will lead the NNCO until a new Director is in place.
Dec 11, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a public private-partnership to rapidly advance the development of the first U.S. commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. The partnership is between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) and the U.S. Forest Service.
Nov 19, 2013
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Nov 8, 2013
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued new recommendations on Nov. 8 for controlling worker exposures to engineered nanomaterials during the manufacture and industrial use of those materials.
Sep 19, 2013
The report highlights significant progress in the state of the science, including the “development of methods for detecting, characterizing, tracking, and monitoring nanomaterials" and the creation of a new Nanotechnology Signature Initiative, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure.
Aug 5, 2013
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold this workshop to facilitate stakeholder discussion of key elements needed to assess, manage, and communicate potential risks associated with use of nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled products.
May 6, 2013
2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop: Informing the 4th Triennial Strategic Plan of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI.)
Apr 25, 2013
NIOSH Press Release: NIOSH today recommended that occupational exposures to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) be controlled to reduce a potential risk of certain work-related lung effects. CNTs and CNFs are man-made elongated particles made of sheets of pure carbon that are about a thousand times smaller than a human hair.
Mar 21, 2013
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), in partnership with the Children’s Science Center, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other participating agencies in the National Nanotechnology Initiative, presents Nano Days 2013: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science on April 6, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at George Mason University.
Oct 16, 2012
NIST announced today the selection of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a collaboration of several key firms in the semiconductor industry, to support university-centered research for the development of after-the-next-generation “nanoelectronics” technology. NRI members include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology & Texas Instruments.