National Nanotechnology Initiative; Research and Development Supporting the Next Industrial Revolution, Supplement to President’s FY 2004 Budget, August 2003

Subject Area:
NNI Budget
Author: NSTC/NNI/NSET
Publication Date: Aug. 29 2003

Description:

Provides a summary of the organization and management of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), highlights recent accomplishments, and outlines the challenges and vision for the coming fiscal year and beyond.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (nm), where unique phenomena enable novel applications not feasible when working with bulk materials or even with single atoms or molecules. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick; a single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer in diameter.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties call their work nanoengineering.

Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

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