• Liquid Biopsy Chip that Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in Blood

    The device uses antibodies attached to an array of carbon nanotubes at the bottom of a tiny well. Cancer cells settle to the bottom of the well, where they selectively bind to the antibodies based on their surface markers. Read more

  • Nanotechnology Helps Harvest Energy from Human Motion

    With the low-cost device, known as a nanogenerator, the scientists successfully operated an LCD touch screen, a bank of 20 LED lights and a flexible keyboard, all with a simple touching or pressing motion and without the aid of a battery. Read more

  • Nanoceramic Material for More Safe, Economical Nuclear Reactors

    An international team of researchers has created a nanoceramic material that not only can withstand the harsh effects of radiation, but also becomes tougher under radiation. Read more

  • MIT Researchers Discover Another Weird Property of Water

    Instead of boiling, water trapped inside of carbon nanotubes freezes into a solid when heated. Read more

  • Ask a Nano Expert

    Have a question about nanotechnology? Find an answer through NSF's "Ask a Nano Expert."Send your questions by 12/6/16 to gennano@nsf.gov. Read more

Slideshow Archive

2016 NNI Strategic PlanNNI Releases 2016 Strategic Plan

This triennial plan builds upon the collaborations and prior accomplishments of the NNI to develop and nurture that ecosystem and to move the NNI into its next phase.


Nano Nuggets for National Nano Day

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Produced in honor of National Nanotechnology Day, these short videos feature experts, visionaries, and students sharing their thoughts on nanotechnology.


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Federal agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released a white paper describing the collective Federal vision for the emerging and innovative solutions needed to realize the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing



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Learn About Nanotechnology

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These NNI brochures introduce basic concepts in nanotechnology.  Big Things from a Tiny World (left) is a general overview; Powerful Things from a Tiny World (right) looks at nanotechnology and energy. These brochures are also available in Spanish.

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