Enabling National Leadership in Sustainable Design

L. Friedersdorf
National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, US


Please join representatives of the NKI in a town hall style meeting to discuss critical issues related to developing and implementing effective mechanisms for the nanotechnology community to collect, validate, store, share, mine, analyze, model, and apply nanotechnology information. An improved nanoinformatics infrastructure is critical to the sustainability of our national nanotechnology proficiency by improving the reproducibility and distribution of experimental data as well as by promoting the development and validation of tools and models to transform data into information and applications. A focused national emphasis on nanoinformatics will provide a strong basis for the rational design of nanomaterials and products, prioritization of research, and assessment of potential risks throughout product life cycles and across sectors that include energy; environment, health, and safety; medicine; electronics; transportation; and national security. The goal of the Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure NSI is to provide a community-based, solutions-oriented knowledge infrastructure to accelerate nanotechnology discovery and innovation. This initiative has four thrust areas that focus efforts on cooperative interdependent development of: (1) A diverse collaborative community; (2) An agile modeling network for multidisciplinary intellectual collaboration that effectively couples experimental basic research, modeling, and applications development; (3) A sustainable cyber-toolbox to enable effective application of models and knowledge to nanomaterials design; and (4) A robust digital nanotechnology data and information infrastructure to support effective data sharing, collaboration, and innovation across disciplines and application.