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NNI Agencies Announce Nanotechnology Signature Initiative for Water Sustainability

Written by: 
Marlowe Newman, NNCO Communications Director

As a part of the White House Water Summit held yesterday on World Water Day, the Federal agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the launch of a Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI), Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Solutions for a Global-Scale Challenge.

Access to clean water remains one of the world’s most pressing needs. As today’s White House Office of Science and Technology blog post explains, “the small size and exceptional properties of engineered nanomaterials are particularly promising for addressing the key technical challenges related to water quality and quantity.”

“One cannot find an issue more critical to human life and global security than clean, plentiful, and reliable water sources,” said Dr. Michael Meador, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO).  “Through the NSI mechanism, NNI member agencies will have an even greater ability to make meaningful strides toward this initiative’s thrust areas: increasing water availability, improving the efficiency of water delivery and use, and enabling next-generation water monitoring systems.”

Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives are areas that the NNI member agencies have identified as poised for significant advances through enhanced and focused coordination and collaboration. The complete list of NSIs with corresponding details can be found on

For further information, see the announcements by the White House at:

Source: National Nanotechnology Initiative