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The National Nanotechnology Initiative Releases Progress Review on Environmental, Health, & Safety Research

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released today a Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy, a document that demonstrates the wide range of research activities, accomplishments, and collaborations of Federal agencies working toward the responsible development of nanotechnology.

NRC Reports Progress in NNI's EHS Research Efforts

The report highlights significant progress in the state of the science, including the “development of methods for detecting, characterizing, tracking, and monitoring nanomaterials" and the creation of a new Nanotechnology Signature Initiative, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure.

Registration Now Open: NNI Workshop on Perception, Assessment, & Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology (R3)

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold this workshop to facilitate stakeholder discussion of key elements needed to assess, manage, and communicate potential risks associated with use of nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled products.

Media Advisory: 2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop

2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop: Informing the 4th Triennial Strategic Plan of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI.)

NIOSH Recommends New Level of Exposure for Nanomaterials

NIOSH Press Release: NIOSH today recommended that occupational exposures to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) be controlled to reduce a potential risk of certain work-related lung effects. CNTs and CNFs are man-made elongated particles made of sheets of pure carbon that are about a thousand times smaller than a human hair.

Celebrate Nano Days™ 2013 with the Children’s Science Center and the NNCO

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), in partnership with the Children’s Science Center, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other participating agencies in the National Nanotechnology Initiative, presents Nano Days 2013: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science on April 6, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at George Mason University.

NRI to Lead New Five-Year Effort to Develop Post-CMOS Electronics

NIST announced today the selection of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a collaboration of several key firms in the semiconductor industry, to support university-centered research for the development of after-the-next-generation “nanoelectronics” technology. NRI members include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology & Texas Instruments.

NNI Launches Nanotechnology Signature Initiative on Nanosensors

The fifth NSI will accelerate the development of nano-enabled sensors and nanomaterial sensing. The NNI agencies recognize the considerable potential for nanotechnology to open the door to the development of inexpensive, portable devices that can rapidly detect, identify, and quantify biological and chemical substances.

GAO Report on Nanotechnology EHS Research Released Today

The agencies participating in the NNI received the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Report to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Nanotechnology: Improved Performance Information Needed for Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research.

NNI Member Agencies Develop New Nanotechnology Signature Initiative

Organized under the auspices of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the NKI will stimulate the development of models, simulation tools, and databases that enable the prediction of specific properties and characteristics of nanoscale materials and phenomena.

PCAST Report: NNI Continues to be a “Successful Cooperative Venture”

In this report, PCAST finds that “substantial progress” has been made in expanding the efforts to enable commercialization and coordination with industry. Additionally, the report points to the NNI’s creation of a stand-alone environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research strategy as a crucial milestone in the responsible development of nanotechnology.