• 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

  • Researchers Engineer Spinach Plants to Sense Explosives

    A key component of this detection process involves having the plant absorb the chemical through its roots, as if the compounds were present in the groundwater where the plants grow. Read more

  • Nano-decoy Lures Human Influenza A Virus To Its Doom

    When misted into the lungs, a carefully constructed spherical nanoparticle coated in sialic acid traps influenza A, holding it until the virus self-destructs. Read more

  • Nanotechnology Engineers Design an Infinitesimal Computing Device

    The concept involves a dense, three-dimensional circuit operating on an unconventional type of logic that could, theoretically, be packed into a block no bigger than 50 nanometers on any side. 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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