Materials by Design, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop

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

Description:

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

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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