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Twenty Years of Nanotechnology! Opportunity to engage your community with NanoDays activities

Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) 20th anniversary logo - enabling the nanotechnology revolution

This year the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, which authorized the creation and funding of the NNI. In 2003, the United States made the long-term commitment to be a world leader in nanoscale science and technology through the passage of this law. This October, around National Nanotechnology Day (October 9), we will mark this milestone with a series of events that reflect on NNI advances and applications that have enabled the nanotechnology revolution and envision our promising future. We invite the U.S. nanotechnology community to join this celebration!


This is a great opportunity to engage your local community with NanoDays activities!


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Host a public engagement event in Fall 2023

  • National Nanotechnology Day 
    • National Nanotechnology Day is an annual event featuring community-led events and activities on or around October 9 to help raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10–9  meters.
      If you are hosting a National Nanotechnology Day event, please share your plans with NNI [email protected] and the NISE Network Community Manager Christina Leavell
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Wondering if you have NanoDays activities at your institution?

NanoDays physical kits of hands-on activities were distributed across the country between 2008-2015. You may already have NanoDays activities at your institution, you can see the list here of institutions awarded physical kits:

If you have activities, but you personally haven't used them; all activities have training materials including training videos available online

If you don't have any physical activities already, please see the "New to Nanotechnology and NanoDays" section above to get started.