Planned Activities for National Nanotechnology Day 2021

American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society’s Education Division has prepared the following materials in preparation for National Nanotechnology Day:

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Image contest organized by NNCI: NNCI Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom 

Activities specific to NNCI sites

* Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) at Cornell University

Oct. 8: In-person presentations by CNF graduate students and live feed from the cleanroom, where students can see the facility and ask questions.

* Stanford University’s nano@stanford

Nano@stanford will host an on-campus activity booth on Oct 6. Volunteer graduate students and staff will host interactive quick activities with the public to raise awareness of the promise of nanotechnology and promote the NNCI image contest. 

The following week, nano@stanford is partnering with Oakland Promise, a nonprofit in Oakland, for a hybrid after-school event at Bella Vista elementary. Interactive kits for students are provided in advance for a hands-on experience. Volunteer graduate students will meet virtually with 55 third- to fifth-graders to explore the kits together and talk about what it is like to be a scientist working in the nanoworld, as they kick off their introduction to STEM module.

* University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Nanoscale Facility 

Oct. 8: Table at the Nebraska Assoc. of Teachers of Science (NATS) at Doane University in Crete, NE: Nano activities will be presented and sample kits will be handed out to those in attendance.

October 16: Table and Workshop at the “Nebraska Physics & Astronomy Fall Summit.” 

* Virginia Tech’s Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL), or NanoEarth

NanoEarth is spreading its celebrations throughout the month of October by hosting two local students groups (Virginia Military Institute undergraduates and Roanoke Valley Governor's School High School students) and participating in Virginia Tech's HBCU/MSI Research Summit (Oct. 7 and Oct. 8), the Virginia Tech Science Festival (NanoEarth date TBD), and the NNCI Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest.

* Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN)/Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)

Three-day event: NanoImpacts 2021: University-Industry Partnerships   

Event details: 

On Oct 7, JSNN will host a roundtable discussion (in-person and virtual) titled Strengthening Partnerships for University-Industry Research (PUIR). The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Anthony Boccanfuso, President of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership ( 

On Oct. 8, JSNN will hold a symposium (in-person and virtual) titled “Emerging Nano-Inspired Research and Technologies (ENIRT)” with industry and university researchers. The two keynote speakers are Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) and Dr. Mihail Roco, Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

On Oct. 9, graduate students will host a Nanotechnology Day Celebration from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., with exciting science demonstrations for K–12 students and other fun activities. It will be an enjoyable and family-friendly event. 

Also, for the first time, the JSNN Materials Research Society Student Chapter will host a Nanotechnology Art Exhibition, which will be on display from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9. 

* Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)

The RTNN (along with NNCI) will host the Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom image contest. Submissions will be accepted from individuals or teams of two in a variety of categories. Images must have been acquired using instruments in RTNN facilities or be a result of data acquired using instruments in RTNN facilities within the past two years. The winning submissions for each category will be featured on the RTNN website, invited to attend an awards dinner (meal provided by RTNN!), and entered into the wider NNCI Image Competition. One image will also be selected as RTNN’s overall winner and receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Last year’s winners can be seen here. Winners of the NNCI competition will have their images printed and framed and receive an award for conference travel.

Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)

NUANCE Fest 2021

- In-person student tours for which the participants will receive tickets for an online raffle
- Yearly “Art of Science” image contest.

University of Florida Nanoscience Institute for Engineering and Medical Technology (NIMET): 
On Oct. 12, NIMET will host the 2021 UF NanoDay Research Showcase (in person), with the following activities: 
- a poster session about the nanoscience, engineering, and technology work performed at the University of Florida;
- an industry panel and keynote speech; 
-a one-billion-nanometer dash (with a large group photo).
 On Oct 13, the University of Florida Research Service Center (RSC) will host the 2021 NanoDay Open House (virtually), which will include live virtual tours of the cleanroom and metrology labs, live virtual instrumentation webinars, live virtual instrumentation demonstrations, and an image competition.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture: 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will organize its annual nanotechnology grantees’ conference on Oct. 6–7, 2021. It will feature more than 50 competitively granted projects on the use of nanotechnology for agriculture and food.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office:
In honor of the nanoscale world, DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is celebrating big! On Oct. 8, the office will feature a webpage dedicated to National Nanotechnology Day that celebrates AMO’s nano portfolio and CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize—a competition that challenges innovators to use nanotechnology to develop and manufacture new, affordable conductivity-enhanced materials: The webpage will also premiere a short video: Nanotechnology for Energy Efficiency 101.

Also, in celebration of National Nanotechnology Day, the CABLE Prize Stage 1 winners were announced on Oct. 8. Many competitors are using nanotechnology to develop and manufacture new, affordable conductivity-enhanced materials:

- Based in Houston, Texas, the Clean Carbon Conductors team, with members from Rice University and DexMat Co, is designing enhanced-conductivity carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by improving fiber quality, alignment, packing density, and by electrochemically doping the CNTs.

- Team NAECO from Peachtree City, Georgia, submitted their entry for Conductivity Enhanced Alloys with Nano Additives, which involves first mixing copper with trace amounts of additives before combining it with graphene using solid phase processing.

- MetalKraft Technologies in Athens, Ohio, with members from Lehigh University, is also using solid phase processing to create Copper-Graphene Ultra Wire with small amounts of commercially available low-defect crystalline graphene.

- In Niskayuna, New York, the GE Research team will use Electron Beam Melting Additive Manufacturing of Ultra-Conductive Components to fabricate a nano-carbon-metal composite from copper and low-cost graphite powder, carbon black, or possibly higher-cost nanostructured carbon.

- VT Materials in Blacksburg, Virginia, submitted their entry for an Enhanced Conductivity Overhead (ECO) Wire made from aluminum (potentially from recycled wires), graphene, and other nano additives.

- Based in Butte, Montana, the 59701 Nano Innovations team is designing a Highly Conductive CNT-Composite Cable made from CNTs that are manufactured from carbon dioxide and small amounts of metal, such as copper from the local mine.

- For their Intercalation Compounds of Carbon Fibers (ICF) project, the University of Texas at Austin team will create a high-conductivity carbon fiber, which competes with CNTs in conductivity, by alternating layers of carbon fiber with transition metal chlorides.

- The SuperWire team in Burlington, Massachusetts, proposed A Manufacturing Strategy for CNT Power Cables to create a lightweight, high-strength, braided CNT-metal-composite cable by adding either copper or aluminum.

- The Super Cool Conductor from Selva Research Group in Houston, Texas, is making a rare-earth, high-temperature superconductor that could be manufactured at half the cost of copper and cooled with liquid nitrogen or cryocooling for applications such as long-duration electric storage.

- In Ashland, Massachusetts, the NanoAL Lightning team is creating Ultra-High-Strength/Highly Conductive Aluminum Alloys using traditional manufacturing equipment and specialized nano processes to replace steel cores in overhead power lines.

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

* Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory 
- Annual image contest
- Virtual tour of the CFN on social media
- Mini “spotlights” on social media featuring CFN staff/postdocs with a photo and brief sentence on why they study nanoscience
More details are available at:

* Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories

CINT will partner with the Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) to host a “Nano” scavenger hunt based on the BSM’s CINT’s exhibit located in the Research Galley. Visitors will follow the posted signs for the billion nanometer walk and participate in a scavenger hunt of nano-related terms and images. Participants can look forward to fun prizes for finishing the scavenger hunt and billion nanometer walk!

* Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory  

- Ultrafast Electron Microscopy (UEM) video with CNM Director Ilke Arslan discussing the UEM and its value to the scientific user community in Snapshot, Argonne National Laboratory’s internal employee newsletter. 
- Nanoscience 101 article on Argonne National Laboratory’s website (
- UEM video with CNM Director, promoted via CNM Facebook and Argonne National Laboratory social media.
- Video of a tour of the CNM cleanroom, promoted via CNM Facebook and Argonne National Laboratory social media.

* The Molecular Foundry at Berkeley National Laboratory 

- “Fireside Chat”-style videos in which researchers discuss their work:
- Annual NanoArt competition: