Materials by Design, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jun. 13 2003

Description:

Report on research community input for agenda related to an original NNI “grand challenge” topic: “Nanostructured Materials by Design,” June 11-13, 2003.

Workshop findings were used to formulate the 2004 NNI Strategic Plan, particularly the Nanomaterials Program Component Area described in that plan.  Meeting was jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (in particular the Division of Materials Research) and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, other member agencies of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee.


Nanotechnology Fact

Depending on the shape, the application, or the components, nanomaterials may be called by a variety of different names, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoshells, nanospheres, nanowires, nanoclays, nanoconcrete, nanopolymers, and much more. Other nanomaterials have distinct qualities that have led researchers to call them by other non-nano prefix names, such as quantum dots or graphene. Generally speaking, nanomaterials are objects with one or more dimension at the nanoscale. Efforts to standardize these words are currently underway, for example, by the International Organization for Standardization. For more information, visit the Standards page.

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