X-rays and Neutrons: Essential Tools for Nanoscience Research Workshop Report (2005)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jun. 18 2005

Description:

Report of an NNI workshop seeking research community input on use of x-ray and neutron techniques in nonsocial science, engineering and technology, held in Washington, DC, June 16-18, 2005.

Workshop and report were intended to further the research agenda of the sponsoring agencies and fulfill the goals of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) by identifying research opportunities, stimulating interaction between academic, industrial and government scientists, and identifying improvements to the national research infrastructure need to best support research and development at the nonsocial.  Workshop organizers were the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with assistance form the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and the NSET Subcommittee.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanoscale materials have been used for over a thousand years. For example, nanoscale gold was used in stained glass in Medieval Europe and nanotubes were found in blades of swords made in Damascus. However, ten centuries passed before high-powered microscopes were invented, allowing us to see things at the nanoscale and begin working with these materials.

Nanotechnology as we now know it began more than 30 years ago, when tools to image and measure at the nanoscale became available. Around the turn of the century, government research managers in the United States and other countries observed that physicists, biologists, chemists, electrical engineers, optical engineers, and materials scientists were working on interconnected, multidisciplinary issues emerging at the nanoscale. In 2000, the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was created to help these researchers benefit from each other’s insights, accelerate technology development, and foster commercialization across disciplines.

To learn more, see What is Nanotechnology?

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