NSI White Paper: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing-- Creating the Industries of the Future

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: NSTC Commitee on Technology, Subcommitee of Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET)
Publication Date: Jul. 1 2010

Description:

This official NSTC White Paper details the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) on Sustainable Nanomanufacturing-- Creating the Industries of the Future.

Participating agencies include: NIST, NSF, DOE, EPA, IC, NIH, NIOSH, OSHA, USDA/FS.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanoscale materials have been used for over a millenium. For example, nanoscale gold was used in stained glass in Medieval Europe and nanotubes were found in blades of swords made in Damascus. However, ten centuries passed before high-powered microscopes were invented, allowing us to see things at the nanoscale and begin working with materials at the nanoscale.

Nanotechnology as we now know it began about 30 years ago, when our tools to image and measure extended into the nanoscale. Around the turn of the millennium, government research managers in the United States and other countries observed that physicists, biologists, chemists, electrical engineers, optical engineers, and materials scientists were working on overlapping issues emerging at the nanoscale. In 2000, the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was created to help these researchers benefit from each other’s insights and accelerate the technology’s development.

To learn more, see What is Nanotechnology?

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