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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has a robust research infrastructure with user facilities and multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

As a goal of the NNI since inception, responsible development includes understanding potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanomaterials as well as the ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) of nanotechnology.
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Nanotechnology Commercialization

NNI agencies are collaborating with industry to facilitate the commercialization of federally funded nanotechnology discoveries.
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Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives and Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office leads two major efforts to enhance coordination and collaboration among the participating agencies of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and to engage with the public: Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives and Nanotechnology-Enabled Grand Challenges.
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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

Under the National Nanotechnology Initiative, several participating agencies have built or supported the development of user facilities and have established and developed multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

With the advent of new technologies, including nanotechnology, one should consider both potential benefits and unintended risks to human health and the environment that might accompany development.
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to license and regulate the nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials in order to protect public health and safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes regulation of commercial nuclear power plants; research, test, and training reactors; nuclear fuel cycle facilities; medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; and transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and waste.

The mission of the NRC is to license and regulate the nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials.
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Brain Thomas, Deputy Director, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
brain.thomas@nrc.gov

Department of Treasury (DOTreas)

The Department of the Treasury (DOTreas) works through the NSET Subcommittee to help the NNI achieve its vision congruent with the DOTreas: to serve the American people and strengthen national security by managing the U.S. Federal Government’s finances effectively, to promote economic growth and stability, and to ensure the safety, soundness, and security of U.S. and international financial systems. DOTreas monitors those aspects of developing nanotechnology that could most effectively assist the execution of its role as the steward of the U.S.

The DOTreas seeks to promote economic growth and stability, and to ensure the safety, soundness, and security of U.S. financial systems.
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Dr. John F. Bobalek, Program Manager, Office of Research and Technical Support, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
John.Bobalek@bep.treas.gov

Department of State (DOS)

The Department of State (DOS) participates in the NNI in order to identify and promote multilateral and bilateral scientific activities that support U.S. foreign policy objectives, protect national security interests, advance economic interests, and foster environmental protection. International scientific collaboration enhances existing U.S. research, development, and innovation programs, and furthers the potential of nanotechnology to address global challenges relating to water, health, and energy.

The State Department participates in the NNI to support foreign policy objectives, protect national security, and advance economic interests.
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Kenneth Hodgkins, Director, Office of Space & Advanced Technology
T: 202-663-2398
HodgkinsKD@state.gov

Dr. Chris Cannizzaro, Physical Science Officer, Office of Space & Advanced Technology
T: 202-663-2390
CannizzaroCM@state.gov

Department of Transportation (DOT, incl. Federal Highway Administration, FHWA)

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sees great promise in the application of nanotechnology to help solve long-term highway and transportation research needs in support of DOT’s strategic goals: Safety, Livable Communities, State of Good Repair, Economic Competitiveness, and Environmental Sustainability.

The FHWA sees promise in nanotechnology to help solve long-term highway and transportation research needs in support of DOT’s strategic goals.
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Dr. Jonathan Porter
Chief Scientist, Office of Research, Development, and Technology, Federal Highway Administration,
jonathan.porter@fhwa.dot.gov

 

Mr. Peter Chipman
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
Peter.Chipman@dot.gov

Department on Labor/ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (DOL/OSHA)

The Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays an integral role in nanotechnology by protecting the nation’s workforce. Through the NNI interagency efforts, OSHA accomplishes its mission by collaborating and sharing information with other Federal agencies. As part of this effort, OSHA’s goal is to educate employers on their responsibility to protect workers and educate them on safe practices in handling nanomaterials.

OSHA plays an integral role in nanotechnology by protecting the nation’s workforce.
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Janet Carter
Senior Health Scientist
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
T: 513-684-6030
Carter.Janet@dol.gov

Department of Justice/ National Institute of Justice (DOJ/NIJ)

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) investment in nanotechnology furthers the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) mission through the sponsorship of research that provides objective, independent, evidence based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels. New projects are awarded on a competitive basis, and therefore, total investment may change each fiscal year. However, NIJ continues to view nanotechnology as an integral component of its research and development portfolio as applicable to criminal justice needs.

The NIJ awards projects on a competitive basis to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at state and local levels.
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Nanoscale Devices and Systems
Education and Societal Dimensions
 

Key contacts: 

Joseph Heaps
Policy Advisor, Communications and Radio Frequency Spectrum Issues
202-305-1554
Joseph.Heaps@usdoj.gov

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is conducting nanotechnology research in several areas related to explosives and explosives detection. These technology areas include the following:
• Understanding heterogeneity of energetic materials: this research explores novel synthesis routes using three-dimensional hierarchical porous materials that can potentially lead to controlled and tunable particle sizes and shapes of energetic materials on the nanoscale and microscale.

DHS is interested in the ways that nanoscience can improve homeland security.
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Kumar Babu; Office of Research and Development, Science and Technology Directorate; kumar.babu@hq.dhs.gov

Department of Education (DOEd)

The DOEd faces major challenges in a number of education-related areas, including a need for more graduates and researchers in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

The Department of Education (DOEd) is involved in various educational aspects of the NNI.
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Dr. Russell Shilling, Executive Director of STEM Initiatives 202-453-5704, Russell.Shilling@ed.gov

Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce (BIS/DOC)

The interagency coordination provided by the NNI enables the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce (BIS/DOC) to stay apprised of new nanotechnology advancements that may present national security challenges and that may provide opportunities for companies in the national defense industrial base. Further, the NNI creates mechanisms (i.e., through regular meetings of the NSET Subcommittee) for BIS to share information about national security needs and challenges with other Federal agencies.

The BIS shares information about national security needs and challenges, and can exercise its statutory data collection authority to support the NNI.
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Ms. Kelly Gardner, Export Policy Advisor | t: 202-482-0102 | Kelly.Gardner@bis.doc.gov

NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop

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Tue, 07/13/2010 to Wed, 07/14/2010
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Arlington, VA

 

 

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)
Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop

July 13-14, 2010
Hotel Palomar Arlington, VA

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