• Predicting the Properties of Nanomaterials: Nanotech Moving Ahead
  • May 22, 2012 | Author: J. Steven Rutt
  • Law Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington Office
  • 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 nanomaterials. The prior three initiatives related to nanomanufacturing, nanosolar, and nanoelectronics.

    In addition, Lockheed Martin is leading a new carbon nanostructure consortium.

    Hopefully, concrete action will flow from these important updates, in contrast to mere “bureaucratic shuffling” or “talking for the sake of talking.” Private sector involvement, reflected in the Lockheed work, is critical. Good to see executive action (or at least action from the executive branch).