Research Directions II Workshop, sponsored by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee, NSTC, through the NNCO. National Academy of Science (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Sep. 9 2004

Description:

Report of a workshop to provide input to strategic planning for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, held in Washington, D.C., September 8 and 9, 2004. Part of the NNI’s broader effort to maintain U.S. preeminence in nanotechnology.


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