• 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

  • Students from the Nano and Emerging Technologies (NExT) Club Participate in NanoDays

    The University of Virginia event, organized Professor Jerry Floro, is part of a national educational outreach effort by the NSF NISE Network. Find an event in your neighborhood. Read more

  • New Film Changes Colors When You Stretch It

    Researchers at UC Berkeley are reporting that they’ve made a thin film that changes colors when they tug on it. Read more

  • Central Pennsylvania Wins 'Best Use of Nanotechnology' Award at Future City

    The team from Central Pennsylvania took home the prize for the NNI's "Best Use of Nanotechnology" at the National Finals in this year's Future City Competition. Read more

  • Sticky Tape Perfect for DIY Nanotech to Kill Bacteria

    Northwestern University chemists discover a new nano-enabled use for that roll of tape in your desk drawer. 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.


The NNI is hosting an image contest for all students studying in the United States. Help us demonstrate how beautiful the nanoscale can be and explain how the research behind your picture may lead to nanotechnologies that benefit society. 


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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.