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Media Advisory 10-024

Nano: Past, Present and Future

Media briefing highlights new report: Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020

Nanowire lasers

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September 23, 2010

Watch a video of Mihail Roco discussing achievements in nano.

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At the behest of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC) conducted an international study involving 200 leading experts from 35 countries that synthesized progress in nanotechnology over the last decade as well as future directions for nanotech.

The study's findings--highlighted in a new report, Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020--will be released during a webcast workshop on Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

In conjunction with the workshop, three leaders in nano research will hold a media briefing summarizing the critical findings from the report, focusing on the progress of global nano research from the inception of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative through the present, and projecting outcomes for the next decade. Media are invited to attend the briefing at NSF headquarters from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

What:Press briefing highlighting Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020

Who:Mihail Roco of the National Science Foundation, Chad Mirkin of Northwestern University, and Mark Hersam of Northwestern University

When:September 30, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Where:National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Room 110
(Google Map)

RSVP: Media wishing to attend must RSVP to Josh Chamot, media officer for engineering, at

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Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:

Program Contacts
Mihail C. Roco, NSF, (703) 292-8301, email:

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