Manufacturing at the Nanoscale, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshops, 2002-2004

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jan. 1 2007

Description:

Intended to provide direction to researchers and program managers involved in nanomanufacturing R&D regarding long-term goals and research opportunities.  This NNI workshop report identifies then-current scientific and technological advances, the research needs and goals for four generations of nanomanufactured products, the required scientific and technological infrastructure, the investment and implementation strategies for future nanomanufacturing R&D, and the relevant challenge areas and priorities for the following decade.


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