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

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.

For more information, see Benefits and Applications.

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