Nanomanufacturing: Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health

Persons, Timothy M. and Droitcour, Judith A. and Larson, Eric M. and Armes, Michael W. and Ettaro, Lorraine R. and Farah, Philip G. and Howard, Karen L. and Johnson, Debra R. and Martinez, Steve and Ryen, Tind S. and Offutt, Susan E. and Petersen, Carol D. and Stevens, Anne O. and Vance, Walter K. and Wallestad, Karin J.. (2014) Nanomanufacturing: Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health. Project Report. U.S. Government Accountability Office.


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The forum's participants described nanomanufacturing as a future megatrend that will potentially match or surpass the digital revolution's effect on society and the economy. They anticipated further scientific breakthroughs that will fuel new engineering developments; continued movement into the manufacturing sector; and more intense international competition. Although limited data on international investments made comparisons difficult, participants viewed the U.S. as likely leading in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) today. At the same time, they identified several challenges to U.S. competitiveness in nanomanufacturing, such as inadequate U.S. participation and leadership in international standard setting; the lack of a national vision for a U.S. nanomanufacturing capability; some competitor nations' aggressive actions and potential investments; and funding or investment gaps in the United States (illustrated in the figure, below), which may hamper U.S. innovators' attempts to transition nanotechnology from R&D to full-scale manufacturing.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > National Security
Social and Economic Impacts > Policy and Regulation
Areas of Application > Electronics and Semiconductor Industries
Areas of Application > Energy and Utilities
Areas of Application > Materials and Chemical Industries and Green Manufacturing
Areas of Application > Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries
Collections: Nanomanufacturing Report Collection
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Depositing User: Robert Stevens
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 20:03
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2014 17:39

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