National Nanotechnology Day

National Nanotechnology Day (#NationalNanoDay) is an annual celebration featuring a series of community-led events and activities on or around October 9 to help raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10–9 meters.

Planning for various events and activities is underway at schools, universities, and various organizations around the country! 

Here are a few suggested activities:

Credit: (Left to right): Gabriella Tosado, Women in Chemical Engineering; Daniella Duran, UCLA California Nanosystems Institute;  “Accidental Beauty,” Alexandra Edelbrock, Samuel I. Stupp's Group, Northwestern University's Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center 

  • Organize lab tours and open houses.
  • Coordinate outreach events with demonstrations (see, for example, the NISE Network link on our K-12 Teachers webpage).
  • Host image, video, or illustration contests related to nanotechnology.
  • Organize a poster session. 
  • Host a Science Café or an informal discussion on nanotechnology. If you are a K–12 student or teacher, you could invite a scientist from a local college or university; if you are a student or faculty at a college or university, you might want to invite a scientist from your institution.
  • Create an image, video, illustration, or infographic about nanotechnology: what it is, why it is important, and examples of nanotechnology applications.




In addition, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office is promoting the following activities:

Credit: (Left to right): "Magnetic Nanoflower,” Vikas Nandwana, Vinayak P. Dravid's Group, Northwestern University's Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center; Kerri Homan; Mariel Kolker

100 Billion Nanometer Dash: Run 100 billion nanometers (equal to 100 meters), share your pictures and videos using #100BillionNanometers and #NationalNanoDay. Print a Certificate of Achievement and a gold medal for
your runners.


Sizing Up Nano: How do you explain "Nano"? (For example, how does a nanometer compare to the diameter of a strand of hair? Or how thick is a sheet of paper in nanometers?) We welcome your thoughts! Tweet your explanations, pictures, and videos using #sizingupnano and #NationalNanoDay


    Information about Previous National Nanotechnology Days: 



    If you have questions about National Nanotechnology Day, please feel free to contact the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office at