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OSTP Announces First Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge on Future Computing

On October 20, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the first nanotechnology-inspired challenge in the area of future computing.

NNI to Host Booths and Participate in NSI Activities at Nanotech 2014

If you plan to attend Nanotech 2014, please look for the NNI! In addition to the NNI booth, several events are planned to support the goals of the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives (NSIs). Nanotech 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Convention Center in the Washington, DC area on June 16-18.

USDA and NNI Partner for Nanocellulose Commercialization Workshop

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service to host “Cellulose Nanomaterials – A Path Towards Commercialization.

NSF Remains Committed to Supporting Nanotechnology Infrastructure

For a decade, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) has enabled major discoveries, innovations and contributions to education and industry within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology through NSF's support of a national network of university-based user facilities.

NNCO Announces New Deputy Director

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf as the Deputy Director.

Federal Government Releases 2014 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the release of the new 2014 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan.

Interim Director Named for National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lloyd Whitman as the Interim Director of the NNCO. Dr. Whitman, who has been serving as the Deputy Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will lead the NNCO until a new Director is in place.

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.