National Nanotechnology Day

October 9th, 2019

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! The theme for this year’s National Nanotechnology Day is “Nano in Motion,” highlighting the dynamic progress of nanotechnology. Participants also are encouraged to get active while exploring nanotechnology concepts.

Here are a few suggested activities around this year's theme:

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, and get
added to our online map! Print a Certificate of Achievement and a gold medal for your runners.


Imagine Nano: Come up with a creative way to represent 100 billion nanometers (100 meters), such as doing cartwheels, hopping, hiking, or … surprise us! Share your pictures and video using #NNDimagine and #NationalNanoDay, and get added to our online map. 



    Information about Previous National Nanotechnology Days: 



    National Nanotechnology Day 2016




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