The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President is seeking candidates interested in serving as the Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the U.S. Federal Government’s interagency activity for coordinating research and development as well as enhancing communication and collaborative activities in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) returns to Washington, DC for our 2014 DC Roundtable May 6-7th. This will be our 12th visit, dating back to 2002, meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).
The activities for our day-and-a-half event will be located in downtown Washington, DC and at Dirksen Senate Office Building. The Roundtable commences on Tuesday, May 6th at 8:30am and concludes on Wednesday, May 7th at 4:00pm.
We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch.
Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper materials for use in anodes and cathodes (negative and positive electrodes, respectively).
Lithium-ion batteries are a popular type of rechargeable battery commonly found in portable electronics and electric or hybrid cars. Traditionally, lithium-ion batteries contain a graphite anode, but silicon has recently emerged as a promising anode substitute because it is the second most abundant element on earth and has a theoretical capacity of 3600 milliamp hours per gram (mAh/g), almost 10 times the capacity of graphite.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Funding Provides Insight into Nanomanufacturing Goals and PrioritiesHighlights
Overall funding for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) as detailed in the supplement to the President's 2015 budget request maintains a roughly flat funding profile with respect to 2013-2014 levels at approximately $1.5 B, significantly lower than the peaks from the 2008-2010 period. The NNN encourages stakeholders to review the NNI FY2015 Budget Supplement report as it provides some key insights into priorities as detailed in the 2014 NNI Strategic Plan, as well as some rebalancing across the NNI priorities in nanotechnology. With NNI goals, objectives and priorities described in detail within these documents, some shift in priority towards nanomanufacturing and commercialization can be observed.
What is Nanomanufacturing?
Nanomanufacturing is the essential bridge between the discoveries of the nano sciences and real-world nanotechnology-enabled products.
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