X-rays and Neutrons: Essential Tools for Nanoscience Research Workshop Report (2005)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jun. 18 2005

Description:

Report of an NNI workshop seeking research community input on use of x-ray and neutron techniques in nonsocial science, engineering and technology, held in Washington, DC, June 16-18, 2005.

Workshop and report were intended to further the research agenda of the sponsoring agencies and fulfill the goals of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) by identifying research opportunities, stimulating interaction between academic, industrial and government scientists, and identifying improvements to the national research infrastructure need to best support research and development at the nonsocial.  Workshop organizers were the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with assistance form the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and the NSET Subcommittee.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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