Mechanisms of NNI Interaction with Industry and States

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee members, for NILI Working Group
Publication Date: Feb. 15 2011

Description:

A goal of the Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison, and Innovation (NILI) Working Group  is developing interactions with industry and state organizations in order to support nanotechnology development and technology transfer. NILI Working Group members surveyed NNI member agencies to create a central list of the different agency programs that work toward this objective.


Nanotechnology Fact

Yes, nanotechnology is becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives and has found its way into many commercial products, for example, strong, lightweight materials for better fuel economy; targeted drug delivery for safer and more effective cancer treatments; clean, accessible drinking water around the world; superfast computers with vast amounts of storage; self-cleaning surfaces; wearable health monitors; more efficient solar panels; safer food through packaging and monitoring; regrowth of skin, bone, and nerve cells for better medical outcomes; smart windows that lighten or darken to conserve energy; and nanotechnology-enabled concrete that dries more quickly and has sensors to detect stress or corrosion at the nanoscale in roads, bridges, and buildings. By some estimates, revenue from the sale of nanotechnology-enabled products made in the United States has grown more than six-fold from 2009 through 2016 and is projected to exceed $500 billion in 2016.

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