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Director Named for National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael A. Meador as its new Director.

US Agriculture Secretary Announces Partnership to Advance Commercial Potential of Cellulosic Nanomaterial from Wood

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a public private-partnership to rapidly advance the development of the first U.S. commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. The partnership is between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Now Accepting Public Comment on NNI 2014 Strategic Plan

Comments of approximately one page or less in length (4,000 characters) are requested and must be received by December 18, 2013 to be considered.

Controlling Worker Exposures to Nanomaterials: NIOSH Issues New Research-Based Recommendations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued new recommendations on Nov. 8 for controlling worker exposures to engineered nanomaterials during the manufacture and industrial use of those materials.

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.