Planned Activities for National Nanotechnology Day 2020

Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Greensboro, NC

Join a National Nanotechnology Day roundtable webinar entitled “The Impact of Industry 4.0 on Academia, Industry, and Society.” A prospectus and registration information are available at: This event, hosted by the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, will run from 11:00 a.m. EDT to 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 9.


Levey Day School, Portland, Maine

Levey Day School will be meeting in person on Oct. 9 for a socially distant and outdoor 100 billion nanometer dash. The teacher, Jeff Tremblay, will be discussing COVID 19 and how it can be combated on the nanoscale. This event is a partnership with Jeffrey Halpern, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.


Morristown High School, Morristown, New Jersey

Students will create infographics, videos and/or blog posts on the topic “How Small Is Small?”. The event is led by Mariel Kolker, EdD, physics and engineering teacher at Morristown High School. Here are the projects, listed with the names of the students who produced them (in alphabetical order):



NanoHub is planning to celebrate with its "Carbon Nanotube Dance Challenge." A prize pack will be given to a random winner who uploads photos and/or videos and who tags @nanoHUBnews on social media. Details are available at:


National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network, Museum of Science, Boston

The NISE Network will celebrate National Nanotechnology Day through a social media campaign and by describing the event on the October issue of the monthly NISE Network e-newsletter, which will be released publicly on Oct. 8.


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Social media campaign and a new blog post on nanotechnology released on Oct. 9.


National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

NNCI-wide image contest: This year’s submissions will be added during the week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 2. Public voting will run from Oct. 5 to Oct 12. The winners will be announced on October 16. Promote the contest by using #BeautyAtTheBottom and #NationalNanoDay.


Northwestern University ‘s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental (NUANCE) Center, part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

NUANCE Center will host its annual NUANCE Fest on Oct. 9, 2020 in coordination with National Nanotechnology Day! Virtually meet the friendly staff of the NUANCE Center’s facilities and learn about NUANCE’s high-tech instruments, techniques, and the atomic, molecular, and nano-scale research that happens in the NUANCE Center:

  • Check out videos of the facility and NUANCE instruments
  • Attend a live Zoom as the winners of the “Art of Science” image contest are announced.

More details are available at:


Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN), part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Join a special Take-out Science Session as RTNN celebrates National Nanotechnology Day on October 9. The session’s hosts will give a quick introduction to length scales and nanotechnology, visit colleagues at the University of Washington to see the clean room, and observe samples on RTNN”s scanning electron microscope.

Submit your nano questions and comments on the event page or by emailing us at

The session will go live at 1 pm EDT. Visit the event page for more details:

Take-out Science ( is a program designed by RTNN to provide you with “take-out” access to our nanotechnology tools and experts during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately twice a month, we share a new show focused on a different theme. All shows are designed with K-12 audiences in mind and are open to everyone.  


University of Louisville - Kentucky Multi-Scale Manufacturing and NanoIntegration Node (KY MMNIN), part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

KY MMNIN will host a competition of nanoscale Images taken by our the facility’s core users. All participants’ images will be framed and permanently displayed in the “Plenty of Beauty at the Nano Scale” wall in the  Shumaker Research Building, home of the UofL Micro/Nano Technology Center. More information is available at:


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF), part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

NCMN and NNF will hold an annual NanoDays event remotely this year! NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about the newest, most transformative realm of scientific discovery and invention that is happening at the nanoscale. To celebrate this exciting science, we invite teachers, students, and their families to be a part of this educational festival. More information is available at:


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia - Singh Center for Nanotechnology, part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

On October 9, 2020, Dr. Pat Watson, from the University of Pennsylvania's Singh Center for Nanotechnology, will be exploring tiny semiconductor particles, called quantum dots, with the Community College of Philadelphia's Chemistry students. Dr. Watson's introduction to nanotechnology and quick tour of quantum dots, which have exciting applications for modern TV displays and wearable electronics, will be recorded and made available by mid-October. This session was facilitated by the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), and the Singh Center's partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia through the NNCI's Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Hub.


Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom

The RSC is celebrating National Nanotechnology Day by showcasing two online article collections, which were put together by members of the Nanoscale Horizons Community Board (early career researchers who are affiliated with Nanoscale Horizons and act as ambassadors). These two article collections are:

- Horizons Community Board Collection: Biosensors

- Horizons Community Board Advanced Memory Technologies

These article collections will be promoted on Twitter and Facebook on National Nanotechnology Day.


University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology (NDNano)

NDNano will organize a social media campaign to encourage people to run 100 Billion Nanometers and ask them to send pics/videos of them running it to


U.S. Department of Energy

* Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy - Advanced Manufacturing Office

The Advanced Manufacturing Office will celebrate National Nanotechnology Day by displaying a selection of images from across the office’s portfolio captured at a nanoscale and a blog will be highlighting how nanotechnology is impacting manufacturing will be posted on Oct. 9.  The office will also post relevant content on social media.

* The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory – a U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center

  • CFN will hold its Annual Image Contest in celebration of National Nanotechnology Day
  • CFN Virtual Tour will be posted and shared on social media


* The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory  – a U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center

  • Promotion of National Nanotechnology Day on social media
  • On October 9, CNM we will premiere a new video about nanoscience and nanotechnology in CNM’s clean room, with a link on social media


* The Molecular Foundry at Berkeley National Laboratory – a U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Research Center

The Molecular Foundry has several events: planned for National Nanotechnology Day:


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Nanotechnology Task Force

NanoDay Virtual Research Symposium on Oct. 9, from 8:45 a.m. EDT to 12:35 p.m. EDT.

Information to register for the symposium is available here.


Valencia High School, Valencia, California

Valencia High School is celebrating National Nanotechnology Day with an image showcase, with images taken from a remote scanning electron microscope (SEM) by students, thanks to Hitachi. The images will be sent out to the whole school for a vote to select the winning image through the school’s STEM club. More details (and a "National NANO Day” video) are available at: