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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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2019 Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM) of the American Chemical Society

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Sun, 06/23/2019 to Wed, 06/26/2019
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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University of Maine, Oak Ridge National Laboratory to announce $20 million 3D printing manufacturing partnership to boost forest products industry

The University of Maine and Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced that they will be partnering by harnessing ORNL’s leadership in additive manufacturing and the University of Maine’s expertise with bio-based composites to advance efforts to 3D-print with wood, creating a new market for Maine’s forest products industry.

Researchers 3D-print metamaterials with novel optical properties

A team of engineers has developed a series of 3D-printed metamaterials with unique microwave and optical properties that go beyond what is possible using conventional optical or electronic materials. The fabrication methods developed by the researchers demonstrate the potential of 3D printing to expand the range of geometric designs and material composites that lead to devices with novel optical properties.

Graphene coating could help prevent lithium battery fires

A lithium battery can catch fire because of the high temperatures and rapid charging and discharging, or cycling, in the battery. These conditions can cause the cathode inside the battery to decompose and release oxygen, which can cause spontaneous combustion in the battery. Researchers have discovered that when they wrapped small particles of the lithium cobalt oxide cathode of a lithium battery in graphene, the battery’s loss in capacity was of about 14% after rapid cycling, compared to a loss in capacity of about 45% in a conventional lithium metal battery.

 

That’s “sew” smart! Scientists invent threads to detect gases when woven into clothing

Engineers have developed a novel fabrication method to create dyed threads that change color when they detect a variety of gases. The researchers demonstrated that the threads can be read visually or by use of a smartphone camera to detect changes of color due to analytes as low as 50 parts per million. These gas-detecting threads could be used in medical, workplace, military, and rescue environments.