Research Directions II Workshop, sponsored by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee, NSTC, through the NNCO. National Academy of Science (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Sep. 9 2004


Report of a workshop to provide input to strategic planning for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, held in Washington, D.C., September 8 and 9, 2004. Part of the NNI’s broader effort to maintain U.S. preeminence in nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology Fact

A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. (A meter is 39.37 inches, or slightly longer than one yard.) The prefix “nano” means “one billionth”, or 10-9, in the international system for units of weights and measures. The abbreviation for nanometer is "nm."

For visual examples of the size of the nanoscale, see The Size of Nano.

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