• Nanoparticle Detects the Deadliest Cancer Cells in Blood

    The nanoparticles—dubbed nanoflares—attach themselves to individual cancer cells in a blood sample and then glow, allowing cancerous cells to be detected and sorted with the help of a laser. Read more

  • Nanomaterial converts 90% of captured light into heat

    This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program. Read more

  • Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream

    For the last 20 years, scientists have tried to design large DNA crystals with precisely prescribed depth and complex features—a design quest just fulfilled by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Read more

  • Optimal particle size for anticancer nanomedicines discovered

    Researchers evaluated the size-dependent biological profiles of three monodisperse drug-silica nanoconjugates to determine the optimum particle size for tissue penetration and tumor inhibition. Read more

  • Join the Conversation: Data Readiness Levels

    A new online forum is now available to discuss the concepts of Data Readiness Levels (DRLs) that were developed by the Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure (NKI) Signature Initiative in May 2013. Read more

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Mike Meador headshotNASA's Dr. Mike Meador Named New NNCO Director

Prior to joining NNCO, Dr. Meador managed NASA's Nanotechnology Project in the Game Changing Technology Program.

EOP logoPCAST Releases Fifth Assessment of the NNI

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the "Report to the President and Congress on the Fifth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative."

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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.

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