Congressional Subcommittee Explores Impact and Economic Benefits of National Nanotechnology Initiative

Morse, Jeffrey. National Nanomanufacturing Network. (2011) Congressional Subcommittee Explores Impact and Economic Benefits of National Nanotechnology Initiative. NNN Newsletter, 4 (4).

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Abstract

This month, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing, entitled "Nanotechnology: Oversight of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and Priorities for the Future", to assess the impact of the federal government's investment in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). In doing so the subcommittee heard key testimony from industry sectors and government officials regarding aspects of the federal investment, including economic impact, jobs creation, global competitiveness, and environmental health and safety, providing guidance to the subcommittee regarding future nanotechnology research and development (R&D) priorities for U.S. The NNI provides multi-agency coordination overseeing all federal nanotechnology research. The NNI supports the basic research and development of nanotechnology, which has resulted in U.S. leadership in the field, and is now looking to develop roadmaps in areas of critical national needs to maintain U.S. competitiveness. The NNI Supplement to the President's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget includes funding requests from 15 federal agencies investing in nanotechnology, with over a 200 million dollar increase from FY10 levels (+11%). Significant increases have been requested for environmental, health and safety (EHS), solar energy conversion, sustainable nanomanufacturing, and nanoelectronics. In times of budgetary uncertainty, Congress makes efforts to ensure that federal programs provide economic impact. With nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing having the potential to become the next industrial revolution, having significant economic and societal impact, the subcommittee heard testimony supporting key priorities. Also included: GE Achieves Highest Publicly Reported Efficiency for Thin Film Solar, Earns New Orders and Unveils Plans to Build US Manufacturing Plant, High Speed Water Sterilization Using One-Dimensional Nanostructures, and NanoBusiness Alliance Interview with William Moffitt

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NanoBusiness Alliance, William Moffitt, Nanosphere, National Nanotechnology Initiative, GE, General Electric, Thin Film Solar, efficiency, high speed water sterilization, one-dimensional nanostructures
InterNano Taxonomy: Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanowires
Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanocomposites > Thin films
Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanoparticles
Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanotubes > Carbon nanotubes
Collections: National Nanomanufacturing Network Archive > NNN Newsletters
Depositing User: Jessica Adamick
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 20:03
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 17:44
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/611

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