Nanoscience Research for Energy Needs, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Grand Challenge Workshop (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Mar. 18 2004

Description:

Report of an NNI workshop to identify and articulate the relationship of nanoscale science and technology to the United States’ energy future, held March 16-18, 2004. Report also addresses the Grand Challenge in Energy Conversion and Storage set out in the National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President’s FY 2004 Budget.  It was used as input for the NNI Strategic Plan released in December 2004.  Meeting was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and, through the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the other member agencies of the NSET Subcommittee. 


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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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