Friday, June 10, 2011

The White House: Supporting the Responsible Realization of Nanotechnology's Full Potential

The White House is interested in the supporting the "realization of nanotechnology's full potential".  The Office of Science and Technology announced the release of a report that concludes that, not only has the National Nanotechnology Initiative's $12 billion investment in nanotech over the past 10 years been extraordinarily successful, but that it should be continued to ensure "continued U.S. dominance" in the area.
The following are some of the areas affected by nanotechnology that are discussed or mentioned in the report:
- water purification
- nano-medicines
- adaptive camouflage
- self-healing armor
- self-decontaminating clothing
- sensors for a myriad of applications
- nanostructured materials for transportation that are stronger and lighter, and therefore energy-saving
- catalyst breakthroughs, leading to huge improvements in clean, sustainable and plentiful energy
and many other examples.
Among other things, the report also states that, in the next 10 years, it expects "nanotechnology-enabled diagnosis, imaging, and therapy [that] will provide superior new methodologies for the management of cancer"; initiatives to address "Nanotechnology Applications for Solar Energy, Sustainable Nanomanufacturing, and Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond"; and "a stronger focus on fundamental issues related to environmental health and safety."
The announcement can be found on the White House's Office of Science and Technology website here:
The report (96 pages long and 5+MB) can be downloaded here:

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