National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan, December 2007

Subject Area:
NNI Strategic Documents
Author: Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee; Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council
Publication Date: Dec. 20 2007

Description:

The Strategic Plan includes a description of the NNI investment strategy and the program component areas called for by the 21 Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003.  Updates and replaces the NNI Strategic Plan of December 2004.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (nm), where unique phenomena enable novel applications not feasible when working with bulk materials or even with single atoms or molecules. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick; a single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer in diameter.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties call their work nanoengineering.

Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

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