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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has a robust research infrastructure with user facilities and multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

As a goal of the NNI since inception, responsible development includes understanding potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanomaterials as well as the ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) of nanotechnology.
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Nanotechnology Commercialization

NNI agencies are collaborating with industry to facilitate the commercialization of federally funded nanotechnology discoveries.
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Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives and Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office leads two major efforts to enhance coordination and collaboration among the participating agencies of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and to engage with the public: Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives and Nanotechnology-Enabled Grand Challenges.
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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

Under the National Nanotechnology Initiative, several participating agencies have built or supported the development of user facilities and have established and developed multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

With the advent of new technologies, including nanotechnology, one should consider both potential benefits and unintended risks to human health and the environment that might accompany development.
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Scientists create new class of two-dimensional materials

Materials science researchers have discovered a new process for producing oxide perovskite crystals in flexible, free-standing layers. A two-dimensional rendition of this substance is intriguing to scientists and engineers because some two-dimensional materials have been shown to display high-temperature superconductivity and are prized as potential building blocks for quantum computing devices.

The Future of the NNI: A Stakeholder Workshop

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Thu, 08/01/2019 to Fri, 08/02/2019
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Washington, DC
 
When: Thursday, August 1, 2019, and Friday, August 2, 2019
 
Where: Hilton Washington DC National Mall, 480 L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20024
 
Scope: The NNI has played a pivotal role in fostering and advancing a dynamic nanotechnology ecosystem in support of the initiative’s four goals: advance world-class research, foster commercialization, de
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8th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

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Tue, 05/28/2019 to Fri, 05/31/2019
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Baltimore, MD
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Vaccine design can dramatically improve cancer immunotherapies

Researchers have investigated a set of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) for their potential to stimulate cancer-quelling immune responses. After comparing compositionally identical yet structurally different vaccines, the researchers found the structure of SNAs in one vaccine dramatically outperformed the others. Vaccines with the superior structure eliminated tumors in 30% of animals and improved their overall survival from cancer.

Ambient plant illumination could light the way for greener buildings

Researchers are working on using light-emitting plants, which debuted in 2017, as part of sunlight harvesting, water transport, and soil collecting and composting systems. The light-emitting plants are not genetically modified to produce light. Instead, they are infused with nanoparticles that turn the plant's stored energy into light, similar to how fireflies glow.