Nanomanufacturing at NIST and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

R.J. Celotta
NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, US

Keywords: nanomaterials, nanoscale device fabrication

Summary:

Creating high-value manufacturing jobs is a priority in the US both to stimulate the economy and to drive innovation. Policymakers see nanotechnology, which has produced a multitude of scientific and technological breakthroughs over the last decade, as a fertile field from which future high-value nanomanufacturing industries will spring. I will briefly discuss the definition of nanomanufacturing and describe some of the opportunities and difficulties in establishing new nanomanufacturing industries. The US government’s current efforts to foster nanomanufacturing will be described, as will NIST’s role, as led by the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). The CNST user facility supports nanomanufacturing in two ways. First, the CNST NanoFab, a national shared resource for nanofabrication and nanoscale measurement, provides access to a state-of-the-art tool set for use by all. Second, instrument and methods research and development at the CNST is helping to develop unique metrologies necessary to support nanomanufacturing. As an example, NIST research on the development of production metrology for roll-to-roll nanocomposite production will be described.