Regional, State, and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology: Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop (2012)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: NNI
Publication Date: May. 2 2012

Description:

This report on Regional, State, and Local (RSL) Initiatives in Nanotechnology is the result of a topical workshop convened 1–2 May 2012 in Portland, Oregon, sponsored by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council, and by the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute.


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