Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

U.S.-Europe Nanotech Collaboration Underway

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

U.S.-Europe Nanotech Collaboration Underway

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Calling it a milestone in scientific cooperation between the United States and the European Commission, the National Science Foundation has expanded an NSF-EC program of workshops and funding of mutual research goals in materials science to include nanotechnology.

"The creation and modification of materials at the nanoscale, once the stuff of science fiction, will be a critical factor in shaping future technologies," Lance Haworth, executive officer of NSF's Materials Research Division, said in announcing the collaboration. "Because of the emerging nature of the field, the benefits from international collaboration could be significant."

Under the cooperative program, research goals will be determined jointly by U.S. and European researchers. NSF grants will support the U.S. side of research teams in areas such as surface structure and thin films, carbon nanotubes and the role of defects in materials. The EC will fund the Europeans' participation.

Following up on an initial workshop in 2000 to identify opportunities for nanoscale research, a January 5-7, 2001 joint workshop on "Nanomanufacturing and Processing" explored processes and techniques for design, modeling, tooling and fabrication of devices and materials. …

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