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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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University of Maine - Cellulose Nanomaterials Researchers Forum

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Wed, 08/28/2019 to Thu, 08/29/2019
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Orono, ME
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SPIE Conference on Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XII

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Sun, 04/26/2020 to Thu, 04/30/2020
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Anaheim, CA
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Self-healing DNA nanostructures

Someday, doctors could introduce DNA nanostructures to the human body to diagnose diseases or deliver medications. But first, they must find a way to protect or repair the molecules when enzymes called nucleases degrade them. Researchers have now developed a self-repair process that could substantially extend the lifetime of DNA nanostructures.

Capturing real-time data as nanofibers form makes electrospinning more affordable and effective

Electrospinning, a nanofiber fabrication method, can produce nanometer- to micrometer-diameter ceramic, polymer, and metallic fibers for tissue engineering, filtration, fuel cells and lithium batteries. To help companies design materials that are optimized for these applications, scientists are building a database that correlates electrospinning machine parameters with nanofiber properties.

Chemists could make “smart glass” smarter by manipulating it at the nanoscale

Chemists have devised a potentially major improvement to both the speed and durability of smart glass by providing a better understanding of how the glass works at the nanoscale. Smart glass is an energy-efficient product that can slowly change between transparent and tinted at the flip of a switch and is found in newer windows of cars, buildings, and airplanes.