Workshop Report: Regional, State, and Local (RSL) Nanotechnology Initiatives in Nanotechnology (2003)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: NNI/NSET
Publication Date: Oct. 1 2003

Description:

This is the workshop report for the 2003 RSL Workshop, which took place Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2003 at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.


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