Tag Archives: NNI

Why Study the Draft 2014 National Nanotech Initiative Strategic Plan?

The NNI has just released its 2014 draft Strategic Plan for public comment. Aside from the opportunity to submit comments, becoming familiar with the plan offers a number of benefits to nanotech ventures. One is that it provides a useful overview of the agencies involved, which can make it easier to identify potential soures of … Continue reading this entry

From Visioneers to 3D Printing - Where is Nanotech Going?

Another interesting nanotechnology book recently appeared, The Visioneers, by W. Patrick McCray, 2013, 323 pages, $29.95 hardback at Barnes & Noble (“How a group of elite scientists pursued space colonies, nanotechnologies, and a limitless future”). One focus in this book is on the history of nanotechnology up to around 2004, including the role of Eric Drexler and Richard Smalley … Continue reading this entry

Nanotechnology: "What About the Next 60 Years?" (OSTP/PCAST Report)

PCAST recently submitted a very interesting, readable, and searchable report to the OSTP on federal policy for the future of basic research funding and commercialization (124 page pdf).  Nanotechnology was mentioned on page 22 as an example of benefits of basic research including its influence on energy: “-Nanotechnology research, on the heels of coordinated Federal investment, … Continue reading this entry

Updates With Materials Genome Initiative, $25M Grants Announced; Complex IP Issues?

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently announced updates with the Materials Genonme Initiative (MGI). $25M in grants are noted, and the awardees include universities, national laboratories, and private sector companies (e.g., GM). Collaboration continues to be a strong theme. Collaboration usually sounds good and makes sense in many contexts, particularly for purely basic research … Continue reading this entry

Lamar Smith New Chair of House Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Impact on NNI?

In a move which could favorably impact the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), House Congressional Republicans recently selected Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rep. Smith has been a supporter of nanotechnology, having sponsored legislation such as HR 5940 to improve the National Nanotechnology Initiative. A statement released … Continue reading this entry

High Throughput, Inexpensive DNA Sequencing Hitting Main Stream Media (Secret Killer App for Nanotech)

Good to see: high throughput, inexpensive DNA sequencing is being featured on NPR this week in a series entitled the $1,000 Genome. Many of the technologies for this revolution in sequencing, of course, relate closing to or directly are nanotechnology (e.g., nanopore, microfluidic, and/or lab-on-a-chip technologies). Personalized medicine depends on it. More generally, the interface between biology and electronics is one of the most … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Marches on to Critical Dates of September 16, 2012 and March 16, 2013, as Patents Again Make Front Page Headlines

The recent, large judgement against Samsung in the Apple v. Samsung patent litigation has again brought patenting to the front pages of American news media. In that context, the September 16, 2012 and March 16, 2013 critical dates for when fundamentally new patent law takes effect takes on added importance. It is crucial for the innovation community to … Continue reading this entry

NNI's Sensors: New Federal Nanosensor Initiative Announced

The NNI is now presenting to the public a new signature initiative devoted to sensors. Two thrusts are identified: (1) use of nanotechnology in building sensors, and (2) develop better sensing methods for detecting nanomaterials. An associated white paper provides more details. This is the fifth signature initiative from the NNI. According to the announcement, past sensor work has been … Continue reading this entry

Predicting the Properties of Nanomaterials: Nanotech Moving Ahead

The Materials Genome Initiative received a boost this week when the OSTP (Office of Science Technology Policy) announced important updates. Several of these relate directly to nanotechnology. For example, the NNI (National Nanotechnology Initiative) has now set fourth its fourth signature initiative, called Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure (NKI). A key aspect of NKI is predicting the properties of … Continue reading this entry

President's Proposed Budget Provides 4.1% Increase for NNI: Energy Way Up; Defense Way Down

We have been reviewing the President’s budget proposals announced yesterday, February 13, 2012 (fiscal year 2013 President’s Budget). In particular, we are looking at impact on nanotech and cleantech. Some highlights: First, the NNI was given a 4.1% increase (NNI is National Nanotechnology Initiative). The total would rise to $1.8B. Second, within the NNI heavy cuts are … Continue reading this entry

NNI has Two News Postings in October - More Needed

It was good to see the NNI webpage www.nano.gov post two news releases in October. This was the first month that two were posted in one month. To date, six have been posted in 2011. More are needed. Nanotechnology is critical to many areas of technology development including energy, medicine, life sciences, advanced materials, catalysis, sensors, … Continue reading this entry

Updates in NanoEHS

NNI’s Website, www.nano.gov, is showing some additional activity that may indicate the site is finally awake and active for good. NNI posted four reports today that are the products of a series of workshops the government hosted in 2009 and 2010.  According to NNI, the workshops that were the basis for these reports, in conjunction with … Continue reading this entry

NNI's Nano.gov Finally Back and Being Updated

The NNI’s nano.gov website was finally – after two months – updated this week with a White House press release on President Obama’s visit to Carnegie Mellon University and announcements re Advanced Manufacturing programs (AMP). It was good to see the webpage back in action. Earlier this year, OSTP’s Travis Earles (who has since left for an … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech 977 Patent Filings Remains Strong; Updating the NNI Web Page

We have commented before about the rapid rise of nanotech 977 patenting (see our May 27, 2011 blog entry, for example).  This past week (June 9, 2011), a large number, 78, of new patent applications published under the 977 nanotech classification, which again validates the proposition that nanotech patenting is increasing.  I continue to be impressed … Continue reading this entry

Japan, S. Korea, and Germany Lead in Nanotech Patenting for Non-USA Countries

From the beginnings of the NNI, the "race" between the industrialized countries to develop nanotechnology was a focus point. The U.S. NNI was seen as a catalyst for this race which spread internationally. For example, M.C. Roco authored an early, seminal article on the NNI and spoke of the United States having a nanotechnology "powerhouse … Continue reading this entry

Obama, Chu, and "Nanotechnology" - More Needed?

I had the pleasure last week of listening to Steven Chu’s speech at the "NNI at Ten" event in Washington DC. Some, I have heard, were disappointed in his speech for delivering "old" material and not saying too much about the commercialization and the policies associated with nanotech. I certainly had noted he focused on more technical issues, demonstrating … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech NNI Conference, Day Two: Nanotech Advances After the Hype Phase

Today’s conference in Washington D.C. on the "NNI at Ten" theme continued into a second day, attracting hundreds (likely well over 500 persons). One main theme linking together many inputs was that nanotech is advancing steadily following a hype and bubble bursting phase which often plagues technical innovation. Over twenty speakers presented on what they believe … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech's Signature Initiatives: Solar, Nanomanufacturing, and Nanoelectronics are Good but where is Nano Biotechnology?

The NNI’s draft strategic plan is available now at www.nano.gov. One of the most interesting aspects of the report (about 40 pages) is the set of three "signature initiatives" near the end, which include: (1) Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion (2) Sustainable Nanomanufacturing – Creating the Industries of the Future (3) Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond… Continue reading this entry

More on the NNI at the Ten Year Point: Applications!

Nature magazine recently reviewed nanotechnology and the NNI at the ten year point, a subject we have been blogging about this past year. Themes include past emphasis on basic research and the applications for the coming decade. Our September 27, 2010 panel at the NanoBusiness Alliance Conference in Chicago (2 p.m.) will include discussion of these … Continue reading this entry