Mechanisms of NNI Interaction with Industry and States

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee members, for NILI Working Group
Publication Date: Feb. 15 2011

Description:

A goal of the Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison, and Innovation (NILI) Working Group  is developing interactions with industry and state organizations in order to support nanotechnology development and technology transfer. NILI Working Group members surveyed NNI member agencies to create a central list of the different agency programs that work toward this objective.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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