Approximately 3.6 billion people live in potential water scarce areas, and by some estimates, this number could rise past 5 billion by 2050 (Burek et al., IIASA, 2016). Recognizing the unique potential of nanotechnology to alleviate current stresses on the water supply and provide methods to sustainably utilize water resources in the future, the Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (Water NSI) was established under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in 2016.
This session will feature an overview of the Water NSI as well as technical presentations on three specific areas where nanotechnology is being applied: water treatment, water delivery and use, and water monitoring. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on current challenges and future directions for the nanotechnology community in addressing global water issues.
The NNI is a U.S. Government research and development (R&D) initiative involving 20 departments and independent agencies working together toward the shared vision of "a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society.
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