Nanotechnology Instrumentation and Metrology, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jan. 29 2004

Description:

Report on an NNI workshop seeking research community input regarding capabilities needed for instrumentation and metrology for nanotechnology, held  January 27-29, 2004.

An NNI workshop held under auspices of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee to help develop the research agenda relating to capabilities needed for instrumentation and metrology for nanotechnology.  Used in development of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan released in December 2004.  Session was jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the other members of the NSET Subcommittee.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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