Materials by Design, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jun. 13 2003


Report on research community input for agenda related to an original NNI “grand challenge” topic: “Nanostructured Materials by Design,” June 11-13, 2003.

Workshop findings were used to formulate the 2004 NNI Strategic Plan, particularly the Nanomaterials Program Component Area described in that plan.  Meeting was jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (in particular the Division of Materials Research) and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, other member agencies of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.

Nanotechnology Fact

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving the nanotechnology-related activities of 20 departments and independent agencies. Since 2001, Federal agencies and Cabinet-level departments have invested more than $25 billion in nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization. These investments, made under the auspices of the NNI, have enabled groundbreaking discoveries that have revolutionized science; established world-class facilities for the characterization of nanoscale materials and their fabrication into nanoscale devices; educated tens of thousands of individuals from undergraduate students to postdoctoral researchers; and fostered the responsible incorporation of nanotechnology into commercial products.

For more information on how the NNI started and how it is organized, see the page entitled What is the NNI?

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