• Squeezed Light Cools Tiny Drum to Coldest Temperature Ever

    A new technique developed by a team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, uses “squeezed” light to get atoms colder than is possible with regular laser cooling. Read more

  • Scientists Determine Precise 3D Location and Identity of all 23,000 Atoms in a Nanoparticle

    Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab used one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes to map the precise location and chemical type of 23,000 atoms in an iron and platinum nanoparticle. Read more

  • Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

    A graphene health sensor that goes on the skin like a temporary tattoo takes measurements can precisely measure electrical signals from the heart, muscles, and brain, as well as skin temperature and hydration. Read more

  • Liquid Biopsy Chip that Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in Blood

    The device uses antibodies attached to an array of carbon nanotubes at the bottom of a tiny well. Cancer cells settle to the bottom of the well, where they selectively bind to the antibodies based on their surface markers. Read more

  • MIT Researchers Discover Another Weird Property of Water

    Instead of boiling, water trapped inside of carbon nanotubes freezes into a solid when heated. Read more

  • Nanotechnology Helps Harvest Energy from Human Motion

    With the low-cost device, known as a nanogenerator, the scientists successfully operated an LCD touch screen, a bank of 20 LED lights and a flexible keyboard, all with a simple touching or pressing motion and without the aid of a battery. Read more

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This triennial plan builds upon the collaborations and prior accomplishments of the NNI to develop and nurture that ecosystem and to move the NNI into its next phase.


Nano Nuggets for National Nano Day

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Produced in honor of National Nanotechnology Day, these short videos feature experts, visionaries, and students sharing their thoughts on nanotechnology.




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Learn About Nanotechnology

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These NNI brochures introduce basic concepts in nanotechnology.  Big Things from a Tiny World (left) is a general overview; Powerful Things from a Tiny World (right) looks at nanotechnology and energy. These brochures are also available in Spanish.

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