• 3-D Printed Graphene Aerogels Could Improve Sensors and Batteries

    The Lawrence Livermore National Lab research team were able to produce a predetermined architecture for a graphene-based aerogel, which previously had always been random, by using 3-D printing. Read more

  • Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment

    Scientists at DOE's Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that mimics the natural process used by plants. Read more

  • Liquid Circuits to be Printed onto Stretchy Pants, More

    The technology will make it possible to print circuits onto stretchy fabrics and elastic materials and open up a new class of “soft machines” like pliable robots or wearable computer garments. Read more

  • Wash Post: Why the graphene light bulb could switch on a new era of innovation

    This product is expected to have a lower price point than current LEDs. Read more

  • Portable DNA Sequencer Can ID Bacteria and Viruses

    The USB-powered sequencer contains thousands of wells, each containing nanopores—narrow protein channels that are only wide enough for a single strand of DNA. Read more

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R3 logoNNI Publishes Workshop Report Assessing the Status of EHS Risk Science

The report examines progress three years after the release of the 2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy and is the result of a workshop held Sept. 10-11, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

CNT Report coverNNI Releases Report on Carbon Nanotube Commercialization

This report details the proceedings of the technical interchange meeting, “Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to Commercialization,” held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters on September 15, 2014.

EOP logoNNI Releases 2016 Budget Supplement

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 provides $1.5 billion for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), a continued Federal investment in support of the President’s priorities and innovation strategy.

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These NNI brochures introduce basic concepts in nanotechnolgy.  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.


Stay tuned for the next cycle of the EnvisioNano contest. Winning images will be showcased on Nano.gov and displayed at TechConnect World Innovation 2015.


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The NNI is hosting a video contest for graduate students in the United States. Submit videos that demonstrate how your nanotechnology research will bring solutions to real-world problems.