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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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RIT researcher collaborates with UR to develop new form of laser for sound

Researchers have proposed and demonstrated a phonon laser using an optically levitated nanoparticle. A phonon is a quantum of energy associated with a sound wave. The researchers studied the mechanical vibrations of the nanoparticle, which was levitated against gravity by the force of radiation at the focus of an optical laser beam.

Electric skyrmions charge ahead for next-generation data storage

A team of researchers has observed chirality for the first time in polar skyrmions – quasiparticles akin to tiny magnetic swirls – in a material with reversible electrical properties. The combination of polar skyrmions and these electrical properties could one day lead to applications such as more powerful data storage devices that continue to hold information – even after a device has been powered off. The work was performed by using a scanning transmission electron microscope at the Molecular Foundry, a user facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Husker duo discovers perfectly imperfect twist on nanowire growth

For years, researchers have been trying to find ways to grow an optimal nanowire, using crystals with perfectly aligned layers all along the wire. Now, researchers have found that a defect that occurs in the growth process causes the layers of crystals to rotate along an axis as they form. This defect creates twists that give these nanowires advantages, particularly in electronics and light emission.

Nano-imaging system helps surgeons remove tiny ovarian tumors

Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, and most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of these tumors as possible. But because some tumors are so small and widespread, it is difficult to eradicate all of them. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have now developed a way to improve the accuracy of this surgery and remove tumors as small as 0.3 millimeters — smaller than a poppy seed — during surgery in mice.