The National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) is an alliance of academic, government and industry partners that cooperate to advance nanomanufacturing strength in the U.S.
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.
The core foundation of the NNN consists of the four NSF nanomanufacturing NSECs—the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM), the Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN), the Center for Scalable and Integrated NanoManufacturing (SINAM), and the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS)—as well as the DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia National Laboratories and the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) and other affiliations. InterNano is the information arm of the NNN—a digital library resource of timely information on nanomanufacturing and a platform for collaboration.
The NNN functions as part electronic resource, part community of practice, and part network of experts working on the development of nanomanufacturing. The NNN has made key progress in launching and establishing an effective mechanism for information sharing, facilitating and organizing workshops and events with topical focus on critical and emerging nanomanufacturing issues, facilitating and contributing to critical areas of informatics, standards, education and workforce training, and further providing an open platform for archiving information where stakeholders can contribute or access relevant information specific to their needs in the area of nanomanufacturing.
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 fosters technology transition and exchange through a host of activities including reviews and archiving of emerging materials, processes, and areas of practice, strategic workshops and roadmap development, and information archiving in areas of processes and tools, standards, reports, events, and environmental health and safety databases supported through InterNano.
The NNN has a vision of providing the following activities to support nanomanufacturing R&D:
- Facilitate collaborative R&D activities that support the development of nanomanufacturing systems through pilot projects and test beds with industry partnership
- A complementary portfolio of nanomanufacturing education and training activities.
- Share and disseminate best practices (process implementation, tech transfer, EHS, supply chain).
- Leading or assisting technology visioning and roadmapping activities via workshops and working groups, symposia, and summits on nanomanufacturing themes.
- Guide the development, implementation and growth of the InterNano nanomanufacturing information clearinghouse via broad-based informatics.
- Economic analysis of emerging nanomanufacturing processes.
- Federated nanoinformatics efforts linking materials, process, and application databases.