Monday, September 27, 2010

Briefing Highlights New Report: Nanotechnology Long-Term Impacts And Research Directions: 2000-2020

NSF senior advisor for nanotechnology Mihail Roco discusses some of the great achievements of nano.
Credit: NSF

At the behest of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC) conducted an international study involving 200 leading experts from 35 countries that synthesized progress in nanotechnology over the last decade as well as future directions for nanotech.

The study's findings--highlighted in a new report, Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020--will be released during a webcast workshop on Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

In conjunction with the workshop, three leaders in nano research will hold a media briefing summarizing the critical findings from the report, focusing on the progress of global nano research from the inception of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative through the present, and projecting outcomes for the next decade. Media are invited to attend the briefing at NSF headquarters from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Nanowire lasers are in development in the laboratory of 2007 National Science Foundation Waterman awardee Peidong Yang of the University of California, Berkeley.

Nanowire lasers
Credit:  Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation

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