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The creation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in the United States in 2000 catalyzed a vast, worldwide increase in research and development in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Other nations soon created focused funding initiatives to cooperate and compete with the United States. The impacts of the resulting increased research and development in nanoscience and nanotechnology (here called "nano R&D") are seen daily in reports of discoveries and innovations that will improve the lives of people all over the world. Because of the huge volume of such results, what is less obvious is the impact of the increase in U.S. nano R&D on the structure of science, engineering, and education itself. Indeed, the resulting excitement has benefited the global science, engineering enterprise generally, and particularly science and engineering education.

Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020
NSF, Board Room (1235), WTEC International Study
Public Presentation of the Final Report on September 30, 2010

Final draft report:; draft report will be posted on this website.
Public Comment:; input will be accepted from September 30 to October 15, 2010.
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8:00     Registration and Coffee
8:30     Welcome, Tom Peterson, NSF
8:40     Overview of the Study, Mark Hersam, NU
8:50     Long-term View of Nanotechnology Development,
            Mike Roco, NSF
9:10     Scientific, Engineering, and Societal Challenges for
            Nanotechnology, Chad Mirkin, NU
9:30     Chapter 1. Enabling and Investigative Tools: Theory,
            Modeling, and Simulation
            Mark Lundstrom, Purdue U.
9:50     Chapter 2. Enabling and Investigative Tools:
            Measuring Methods, Instruments, and Metrology
            Dawn Bonnell, U. Pennsylvania

10:10-10:20     Break

10:20     Chapter 3. Synthesis, Processing, and Manufacturing
              of Nanoscale Components, Devices, and
              Mark Tuominen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
              (and Chad Mirkin, NU)
10:40     Chapter 4. Nanotechnology Environmental, Health,
              and Safety Issues
              Andre Nel, University of California Los Angeles
11:00    Chapter 5. Nanotechnology for Sustainability:
              Environment, Water, Food, and Climate
              Mamadou Diallo, California Institute of Technology
              (and Jeff Brinker, SNL and UNM)
11:20     Chapter 6. Nanotechnology for Sustainability: Energy
              Conversion, Storage, and Conservation
              Jeff Brinker, SNL and UNM (and Jim Murday, USC)

11:40-1:00       Lunch

12:00-12:30     Press conference (Room 110)
1:00     Chapter 7. Applications: Nanobiosystems, Medicine, and Health
            Chad Mirkin, NU (and Andre Nel, UCLA)
1:20     Chapter 8. Applications: Nanoelectronics and Nanomagnetics
            Jeff Welser, IBM and Nanoelectronics Research Initiative
            (and Stuart Wolf, UVA)
1:40     Chapter 9. Applications: Photonics and Plasmonics
            Evelyn Hu, Harvard University
            (and Stuart Wolf, UVA; Jeff Welser, IBM and NRI)
2:00     Chapter 10. Applications: Nanostructured Catalysts
            Evelyn Hu, Harvard University
2:20     Chapter 11. Applications: High-performance Nanomaterials
            and Other Emerging Areas
            Mark Hersam, NU
2:40     Chapter 12. Preparation of People and Physical Infrastructure
             James Murday, University of Southern California
            (and Mark Hersam, NU)
3:00     Chapter 13. Innovative and Responsible Governance
            Mike Roco, NSF
3:20     Overarching Conclusions
3:30     General Questions and Answers
4:30     Adjourn

About NSF
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, its budget is $9.5 billion, which includes $3.0 billion provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to over 1,900 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 44,400 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards.MORE


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