Science on Tap
Nanotechnology: The Teenage Years
Interest in nanoscience -- and derivative nanotechnologies -- has grown explosively because of the perceived potential to beneficially impact almost every aspect of our lives. The remarkable scientific discoveries obtained by working at the nanometer length scale will disappoint humankind if they cannot be exploited by integration into technologies providing unprecedented functionality and performance. In 2000, the U.S. government launched the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to coordinate and accelerate nanotechnology-related activities across twenty Federal agencies and departments. As this initiative enters its second decade, how far have we come towards achieving the vision of a future in which applications of nanotechnology will lead to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society? Perhaps more importantly, where should we be going?
December 5, 2013
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Neal D. Shinn is the Co-Director for the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and the Senior Manager of the Integrated Nanotechnologies Group at Sandia National Laboratories. CINT is National User Facility jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories for the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Dr. Shinn received the B.S. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Penn State and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics from MIT. Thereafter, he was a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In 1985, he joined Sandia National Laboratories, later becoming Manager of the Surface and Interface Science Department. In 2002, he joined CINT to launch the user program and manage the CINT construction project, which was honored with a DOE Award of Achievement. Neal’s research interests involve the physics and chemistry at solid surfaces. He has published over 85 scientific papers, was President of the AVS Science & Technology professional society, and currently serves on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics.
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