U.S. Nanotechnology Leader to Tour National Graphene Institute, NanoManufacturing Institute, and Harwell Science and Innovation Campus on UK Visit


(October 14, 2015) Dr. Michael Meador, Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), will tour the facilities and meet the scientists and leadership of two of the United Kingdom’s most respected nanotechnology research institutions, the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester and the NanoManufacturing Institute at the University of Leeds during the week of October 19, 2015. Both the United States and the UK have identified nanotechnology as a priority in their nations’ science, technology, and engineering policy. Nanotechnology is expected to have a significant impact on the global economy, providing new jobs in nanomanufacturing, and creating new and improved products in every sector of the economy, including healthcare, transportation, and infrastructure.

Following a sold out public lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Dr. Meador will continue on to tour the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, where he will meet with scientists and researchers from Satellite Catapult Applications, Diamond Light Source, and RAL Space, where the conversations will center on crossover applications in nanotechnology and space exploration science. 

“I am excited about these site visits and meetings and the possibilities that they create in building new partnerships between both countries that can benefit our combined efforts in nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization, as well as the responsible development of nanotechnology for the benefit of society,” said Dr. Michael Meador.

About Dr. Meador and the NNCO: Dr. Michael Meador serves as Director of the NNCO, which is leading the efforts to promote the goals of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in fostering cutting-edge nanotechnology R&D; establishing world-class testing, characterization, and fabrication facilities; facilitating commercialization of nanotechnology-based products; and promoting the responsible development of nanotechnology. The NNCO serves as a central point of contact for U.S. nanotechnology R&D activities, and provides public outreach on behalf of the NNI, including hosting and curating Nano.gov, the U.S Government’s nanotechnology website. As NNCO Director, he is also a staff member at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Meador is a strong advocate for the nanotechnology business community, seeking pathways to commercialization and helping companies overcome the challenges to success that are specific to nanotechnology businesses.

Dr. Meador is on loan to NNCO from NASA, where he has spent most of his 32-year career in planning, advocating, and leading programs in materials science and nanotechnology, including serving as Chair of NASA’s Nanotechnology Roadmap Team. Most recently, he was responsible for implementing and leading a NASA/industry/university project under the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development Program to develop and demonstrate high-payoff nanotechnologies for use in future NASA missions. He has also played a key role in representing NASA in the NNI’s interagency activities, including co-chairing its Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison, and Innovation Working Group. Dr. Meador received the NASA Equal Opportunity Employment Medal for his work to increase the involvement of faculty and students from minority-serving institutions in NASA materials research, and last year was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leading NASA’s Nanotechnology R&D activities and representing the agency as a proactive member of the NNI.


Media Contact:
Marlowe Newman, NNCO Communications Director