A Selection of Activities Held During National Nanotechnology Day 2019

American Ceramic Society


American Chemical Society


ACS Publications Webinar: Constructing the Nanoworld: Progress and Challenges in Material Design, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. EDT to 12 p.m. EDT.


The ACS Nanotechnology webpage offers resources about nanotechnology: videos, podcasts, resources for K–12 teachers, a collection of articles, and an image gallery.


ACS Reactions video: “Can Silver Nanoparticles Combat Your Stink?”: https://bit.ly/2Mf1Fkz

ACS Chemical & Engineering News (ACS membership magazine):


ACS Division of Chemical Education:


ACS Publications:



Aerotech Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (motion control, positioning and automation systems manufacturer)



American Chemistry Council

@AmChemistry Twitter account was “taken over” in the name of National Nanotechnology Day for the duration of the day (Oct. 9) with new nanotechnology-specific icon and banner.



American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - Nanotechnology Standards Panel



American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The ASME Bionanotechnology webpage offers original articles on recent advances in nanotechnology related to topics as varied as antibiotic-resistant microbes, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis.

ASME also posted the following Tweet:



ASME Journals



Bangs Labs (manufacturer of microparticles for IVD diagnostics, DNA isolation, flow cytometry, imaging, fluorescence, and analytical instruments), Indianapolis, IN:



Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center



Universitat de Barcelona - Centres Cientifics i Tecnologics (CCiTUB), Barcelona, Spain



Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology



Centro para el Desarrollo de la Nanociencia y la Nanotecnologia (CEDENNA), Santiago, Chile



Cell Press, Cambridge, MA



  • iScience Journal (interdisciplinary journal from Cell Press publishing across life, physical and earth sciences):



CHASM Advanced Materials, Canton, MA (a leading manufacturer of carbon-nanotube-based printed electronics and energy storage material solutions)



City University of New York (CUNY)

  • The Graduate Center at CUNY



Click2Science (online professional development resources for out-of-school educators who facilitate STEM learning experiences with youth outside of traditional school hours)



Centre de Recursos per a l’Aprenentatge i la Investigacio (CRAI) Biblioteca de Física i Química, Universitat de Barcelona



Fundacion Nanotecnologia Argentina (FAN)



IBEC (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia), Barcelona, Spain (transdisciplinary research center focused on bioengineering and nanomedicine for health)



Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain



Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB) - National Microelectronics Center (CNM) - Spanish Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC), Barcelona, Spain



Institute of Physics, London, UK



Johns Hopkins University - Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT)



Malvern Panalytical (manufacturer of scientific instruments that help solve challenges associated with maximizing productivity, developing better quality products, and getting them to market faster)



Manufacturing USA (network of 14 manufacturing institutes)



Max IV Laboratory (a Swedish national laboratory providing scientists with the most brilliant X-rays for research), Lund, Sweden



Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Nanotech NYC (a digital platform aimed at fostering the growth and advancement of the nanotechnology community in the greater New York City area:







Nanoform, Helsinki, Finland (nanotechnology and drug particle engineering company)






National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network

Announcement of National Nanotechnology Day in the NISE Net’s October 2019 issue of the NISE Network Newsletter.



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Promoted video for NIST NanoFab on NIST social media platforms: Facebook (@NIST) and Twitter (@NIST).



National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)



National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

NNCI-wide image contest: https://www.nnci.net/plenty-beauty-bottom (or https://bit.ly/2oaygP8). The public was able to vote during from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. NNCI promoted the contest by using #BeautyAtTheBottom and #NationalNanoDay.

  • Georgia Institute of Technology/Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)

Georgia Tech and SENIC be hosting and visiting middle school students throughout the month of October to teach them about nanotechnology. During the week of Oct. 14–18, the “Graduates In Nanotechnology” student group will be building a carbon nanotube out of balloons in the Georgia Tech student commons building.

  • Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility (CNF)

    National Nanotechnology Day Field Trip - The CNF Cornell Nanoscale Facility hosted the Science Scholars Club from Cortland High School for tours of the research labs and demonstration of their Nanotechnology Light Show: “What is Nano About Light”.

    CNF also participated in the National Nanotechnology Day Image contest “Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom”.


  • Singh Center for Nanotechnology/Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Hub - University of Pennsylvania


  • Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI SW)

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Nanoscale Facility

    Two activities were planned for NND:

    - Open House for students & faculty at Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, including tours and an informational booth at the University of Nebraska Physics building.

    - Breakout sessions and informational booth at the Nebraska chapter of American Association of Physics Teachers conference on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.


Nature Nanotechnology


Nexight Group, Silver Spring, MD (collaboration consultancy)


North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC



Northwestern University



Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)

NUANCE Fest and Open House 2019: Participants learned about high-tech instruments, techniques, as well as the atomic, molecular, and nano-scale research that happens in the NUANCE center. Also, the winners of the 2019 NUANCE Image Contest will be announced in the near future.



Penn State University – Remotely Accessible Instruments for Nanotechnology (RAIN) Network

RAIN, with its partners, hosted simultaneous remote access demo sessions. On October 9, from 11 a.m. EDT to 2 p.m. EDT, teachers, participants experienced some of the most up-to-date microscopy technology available. They accessed and controlled microscopes and analytical tools to look at nano-sized materials from the ease of classrooms and home computers across the country. The participants also controlled the tools over the Internet in real-time, with the assistance of an experienced engineer at the microscope advising over video conferencing software.



Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK



Ryerson University's Faculty of Science, Toronto, Canada



Science Museum of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, both in Richmond, VA

Photos of volunteers at booths:



Strem Chemicals Inc. (manufacturer of high purity chemicals; products include: metals, inorganics, organometallics, and nanomaterials):



Thames & Kosmos, Providence, RI (publisher of educational science kits and games)



UltraTech, Jacksonville, FL (international leaders in spill containment, stormwater management, facility protection, construction compliance, and advanced technologies)

Watch the video here.



Universidad Mayor, Providencia, Santiago, Chile



University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) - California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

The CNSI Education team and graduate student volunteers conducted hands-on nanoscience demonstrations at four locations on the UCLA campus — Janss Terrace, Dickson Plaza South, Inverted Fountain, and Sculpture Garden — on the following topics:

- Biopolymers - From Boba to Biology (Janss Terrace)

- Plasmonics & Scattering - Ancient Art from Gold (Dickson Plaza South)

- Superhydrophobic Surfaces - Wash Like a Plant (Inverted Fountain)

- Ferrofluids - Levitating Liquids (Sculpture Garden)



University of Delaware, Newark, DE



University of Florida, Gainesville, FL



University of New Hampshire and Levey Day School
Oct. 18: To celebrate National Nanotechnology Day, the Levey Day School (Portland, Maine) has partnered with the University of New Hampshire and the SEEDS lab for nanotechnology discussion and demonstrations. Teachers and professors will be talking about “sizing up nano” (or relative scales), discussing protein function on the nanoscale, and running the 100 billion nanometer dash. This event will include Kindergarten through 6th Grade students.



University of North Carolina Greensboro - Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN)

WFMY-News 2: Celebrating National Nanotechnology Day in Greensboro



University of South Florida, Tampa, FL



University of Texas at Dallas



University of Washington’s Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems (NanoES) and Washington Nanofabrication Facility (which is hosted by NanoES)



University of Wisconsin-Madison - Grainger Institute for Engineering



U.S. Department of Energy



U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Advanced Manufacturing Office:

Webpage dedicated to National Nanotechnology Day



U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory



U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory - InnovationCrossroads (supported by the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA))



U.S. Department of Energy’s Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs)

  • Argonne National Laboratory - Center for Nanoscale Materials


  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - The Molecular Foundry

The Molecular Foundry hosted a Nano Art competition, with two categories: one for staff and users of the Molecular Foundry, and another for local schools/classrooms. Winning classrooms will be invited to come tour the Molecular Foundry and see their artwork on display there. Both categories invited votes from the general public via @molecularfndry (the Molecular Foundry’s twitter account).

The winners in the People’s Choice and Foundry’s Choice Categories are announced below:


  • Sandia National Laboratories



Virginia Tech College of Science - NanoEarth, Blacksburg, VA



Washington State University, Pullman, WA