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Regional, State, and Local (RSL) Nanotechnology Initiatives and Resources

Regional, state, and local organizations have a special role in establishing the infrastructure, preparing a skilled workforce, and supporting industry with a special focus on small business. Supporting partnerships with such organizations has been a goal since the NNI’s inception, when the first regional meetings were organized in Southern California and Texas in 2001, and in Oklahoma in 2009. The fourth Regional, State, and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology Workshop was held in Portland, Oregon in May 2012.RSL Programs and Offices Mechanisms and Programs for NNI Interaction with StatesThe Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison, and Innovation (NILI) Working Group assembled a database of mechanisms and programs for NNI-member agencies to interact and collaborate with regional, state, local, and industry organizations to support nanotechnology development and technology transfer. The Industry and State Interactions database is organized by agency.

Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems

 University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignResearch in the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) addresses a central problem in the development of nanotechnology: how to assemble structures at sizes smaller than can be seen (or transduced) and manipulated (or transcribed). Making three-dimensional, nanoscale devices and systems from millions to trillions of different types of molecules is incredibly difficult. The Center's goal is to develop a reliable, robust and cost-effective nanomanufacturing system to make nanostructures from multiple materials. This technology will allow advancements and discoveries in nanoscience to move from the laboratory to production. The Nano-CEMMS Center is a partnership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University, University of California - Irvine, University of Notre Dame, and Northwestern University.Center Research Center Highlights Designing Functional Inks for Directed Materials Assembly   Understanding Anomalous Current - Voltage Characteristics in Microchannel-Nanochannel Interconnect Devices    Micro-Assembly using Elastomeric Surfaces with Switchable Dry Adhesion    MOCVD Growth of Multistack Compound ...

Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing

 University of Massachusetts AmherstThe Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). The mission of The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at the University of Massachusetts is to be a leading research and education center for the development of efficient, cost effective process platforms and versatile tools for the two and three dimensional integration of components and systems across multiple length scales. The approach integrates nanofabrication processes for sub-30 nm elements based on directed self-assembly, additive-driven assembly, nanoimprint lithography, high fidelity 3-D polymer template replication, and conformal deposition at the nanoscale with Si wafer technologies or high-rate roll-to-roll (R2R) based production tools to yield materials and devices with unprecedented performance for computing, energy conversion and human health. The CHM effort is made comprehensive by research on device design, modeling and prototype testing in functional architectures that takes advantage of the specific hierarchical nanomanufacturing capabilities developed by the Center.Center Research Center Highlights  Nanotechnology Training for K12 Science Teachers at the NSEC Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing   Multiplexed Imaging of Nanoparticles in T ...

Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing

 University of California BerkeleyWith the vision of a new nanotechnology manufacturing paradigm combining fundamental scientific research with industrial outlook, SINAM has developed its leadership in nanomanufacturing through the collective effort of its exceptional interdisciplinary team of academic and industrial researchers from seven institutions during our Phase I operation. In our Phase II operation, the multi-institutional team effort of SINAM including The University of California at Berkeley (UCB), The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Stanford University, The University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC), Northwestern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, brings together a wealth of expertise in manufacturing, process systems and modeling, material synthesis, the physical sciences and applications development. In an environment dedicated to multi-disciplinary and collaborative science, in addition to a program of education for the next generation of pioneers, SINAM creates the opportunities for industrial quantum-leaps in nanotechnology.Center Research Center Highlights SINAM website  

Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing

 Northeastern UniversityThe NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing is a collaborative effort with core research partners linked above. Research falls into three categories: 1) Large scale directed assembly & transfer, 2) Environmental health & safety, and 3) Regulatory & ethical issues. Education & outreach programming is linked here and at partner institutions. Use the navigation bar to the left to browse our news, events, projects, and publications in each area. Center Research Center Highlights CHN website 

NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers

Nanomanufacturing Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing University of Massachusetts AmherstThe Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). The mission of The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at the University of Massachusetts is to be a leading research and education center for the development of efficient, cost effective process platforms and versatile tools for the two and three dimensional integration of components and systems across multiple length scales. The approach integrates nanofabrication processes for sub-30 nm elements based on directed self-assembly, additive-driven assembly, nanoimprint lithography, high fidelity 3-D polymer template replication, and conformal deposition at the nanoscale with Si wafer technologies or high-rate roll-to-roll (R2R) based production tools to yield materials and devices with unprecedented performance for computing, energy conversion and human health. The CHM effort is made comprehensive by research on device design, modeling and prototype testing in functional architectures that takes advantage of the specific hierarchical nanomanufacturing capabilities developed by the Center.Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing Northeastern UniversityThe NSF-funded N ...

Working with the NNN

The goal of the NNN is to build a network of experts and organizations that facilitate and expedite the transition of nanotechnologies from core research and breakthroughs in the laboratory to production manufacturing. The NNN continues to build partnerships with industry, government and academia, and seeks opportunities to formalize new affiliations. Partners and affiliates will find value added through a range of services including training and education, industrial vision and roadmap development, thematic conferences and workshops, and the promotion of best practices in nanomanufacturing. Additional services will provide user forums for ES&H discussions, description of evolving processes, trends, and technologies in the area of nanomanufacturing.If you are interested in partnering with the NNN, contact us.   Resources for Nanomanufacturing In order to advance nanomanufacturing and competitiveness in the U.S., collaborations must be established between key resources and organizations to address challenges of significant national importance. While initial advances in nanomanufacturing will likely be an evolution of existing manufacturing practices and infrastructure incorporating nanomaterials and components, the long term vision will involve revolutionary processes and practices, tools, materials, and embedd ...

NNN Conferences + Workshops

Nanomanufacturing Summit 2013October 15-17, 2013University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PAThis year’s event, being co-organized by the National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN), the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA), and Ben Franklin Technology Partners will be held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The two-day conference will highlight regional and state initiatives fostering the commercialization of nanotechnology research, and will further provide an opportunity to learn about initiatives and topics in nanomanufacturing including emerging processes, scaled manufacturing platforms, advancements in innovative products and applications, nanoinformatics, and legislative and regulatory activity overviews impacting the broader nanomanufacturing community. The event will foster the critical collaboration and information exchange needed to realize both the societal and economic benefits offered by integrated nanomanufacturing techniques in order to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of emerging nanotechnology-enabled products. Nanoinformatics for Nanomanufacturing 2013October 15, 2013University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PALearn how informatics is being used to advance nanomanufacturing. The purpose of this workshop is to assess current activities and plan a future in which informati ...

About the National Nanomanufacturing Network

The National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) is an alliance of academic, government and industry partners that cooperate to advance nanomanufacturing strength in the U.S. Mission The mission of the NNN is to serve as a catalyst for progress in nanomanufacturing in the U.S., through the facilitation and promotion of nanomanufacturing workshops, roadmapping, inter-institutional collaborations, technology transition, test beds, and information exchange services. The NNN operates as an open-access network of centers, leaders, experts, and stakeholders from the nanomanufacturing research, development, and education community. It is a partnership between academia, industry and government that is built to foster and serve nanomanufacturing communities of practice.

NNN Partners

In order to advance the state of nanomanufacturing in the US, the NNN seeks to establish a broad base of key partnerships and affiliations. At the core of this are the flagship partners at the NSF Nanomanufacturing Centers, with recent established affiliations with NIST and DOE National Laboratories.  NNN Partners and Affiliated Centers NSF Nanomanufacturing CentersThe Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS), directed by Placid Ferriera and based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign concentrates on developing innovative processes that function in ambient (as opposed to high vacuum processes) conditions, are well suited to large-area formats, and with material sets not usually associated with microelectronics. Nano-CEMMS has developed a manufacturing platform that exploits efficient nano-fluidic and ionic transport phenomena to realize a whole new class of products such as semi-transparent flexible solar collectors, flexible-stretchable solid-state lighting and bio-compatible electronics. The Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN), directed by Ahmed Busnaina and based at Northeastern University provides methods for fast large scale directed assembly and transfer of nanostructures, including carbon nanotubes as on chip wiring interconnects, transparent flexible ...