Sensors NSI: Sensing Nanomaterials



NSI Agency Programs

Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials Research at EPA: EPA is developing methods to study nanomaterials and their behavior during manufacture, use, and final disposal, including case studies of nanomaterials from consumer products.

Nano Environmental Health and Safety (Nano EHS) Program: Recognizing that engineered nanomaterials are quickly enveloping us through products of daily life, such as drugs, cosmetics, electronics, packaging, and consumer items ranging from toys to laundry machines, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is expanding inquiry into this emerging and important field. The NIEHS works to encourage and support research into the underlying properties of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to determine their potential biocompatibility or toxicity to human health. Such knowledge will in turn allow in silico hazard assessment of ENMs and guide the development of benign, next-generation, ENMs.

Nanotechnology Research Center at NIOSH: The Center brings together research and resources across NIOSH related to nanotechnology. The Center works to identify critical issues and carry out a strategic plan for addressing safety issues related to nanomaterials in the workplace. 

Nanotechnology at NIST: Advancing nanoscale measurement science, standards, and nanotechnology is an important component of NIST's mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.  NIST further supports the US nanotechnology enterprise from discovery to production through its user Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) user facility on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. From leading cutting edge research to coordinating the development of standards that promote trade, NIST's programs in nanotechnology directly impact priorities important to the nation's economy and wellbeing. There are many mechanisms to collaborate with NIST – for example, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), grants, cooperative agreements, participation in standards development organizations, and as a guest researcher on-site at the NIST campus.


  • Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology: The goal of this program is to examine and mitigate the environmental effects of nanotechnologies. Proposals may address methods to characterize and quantify the presence of nanomaterials in products, and the release of nanomaterials from intermediate materials or finished products during consumer use or disposal scenarios.

  • Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN): The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program focuses on basic research that addresses fundamental questions regarding the chemistry of macromolecular, supramolecular, and nanoscopic species and other organized structures and that advances chemistry knowledge in these areas.