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NIOSH Recommends New Level of Exposure for Nanomaterials

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.

Celebrate Nano Days™ 2013 with the Children’s Science Center and the NNCO

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.

NRI to Lead New Five-Year Effort to Develop Post-CMOS Electronics

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.

NNI Launches Nanotechnology Signature Initiative on Nanosensors

The fifth NSI will accelerate the development of nano-enabled sensors and nanomaterial sensing. The NNI agencies recognize the considerable potential for nanotechnology to open the door to the development of inexpensive, portable devices that can rapidly detect, identify, and quantify biological and chemical substances.

GAO Report on Nanotechnology EHS Research Released Today

The agencies participating in the NNI received the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Report to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Nanotechnology: Improved Performance Information Needed for Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research.

NNI Member Agencies Develop New Nanotechnology Signature Initiative

Organized under the auspices of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the NKI will stimulate the development of models, simulation tools, and databases that enable the prediction of specific properties and characteristics of nanoscale materials and phenomena.

PCAST Report: NNI Continues to be a “Successful Cooperative Venture”

In this report, PCAST finds that “substantial progress” has been made in expanding the efforts to enable commercialization and coordination with industry. Additionally, the report points to the NNI’s creation of a stand-alone environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research strategy as a crucial milestone in the responsible development of nanotechnology.

National Nanotechnology Coordination Office Welcomes New Director

Dr. Robert Pohanka joins the NNCO after serving as the Director of the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative (DeVenCI), where he led and directed the strategy for finding private sector technologies, developed independently of DoD, and transitioned them to DoD Research, Development and Acquisition.

Celebrate NanoDays 2012 at a Museum Near You

NanoDays-- a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering-- is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 24 - April 1, 2012.

National Nanotechnology Initiative's Budget Brief for FY 2013

NNI's manufacturing and job creation reflected in strong budget numbers for FY 2013; A cross-cut budget of $1.8 billion, totaling a 4% increase over FY 2012, shows the Administrations's continued support of the NNI.