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Help verifying NNI-funded nanomachine/nanosystems?

Mihail Roco, Senior NSF Advisor on nanotech, gave a plenary talk at the Nanoethics conference recently. One of his slides was on synthesis and control of nanomachines, and noted that about 300 projects had been funded in 2004. Later he referred me to two websites: the NSE site where he said were listed 50-60 NNI-funded centers focused on 3rd-4th generation nanomachines/nanosystems, and the NNI site where a search on awards would show 300-400 grants with nanomachine or nanosystem in the title or abstract. Read More for the results and request for help. The NSE site is a conference program. I assume Dr. Roco was referring me to his slides. I was unable to find the list of 50-60 centers on nanomachines/nanosystems — can anyone assist? On the NNI site, I did an award search ("search all fields") on nanomachine* or nanosystem*, trying various approaches, and in all cases got "Nothing found to display." Same result for other keywords. This isn't right — again, I could use some help here.

Unfortunately, "nanosystem" has been used to refer to "systems" as simple as buckyballs, and of course nanomachines includes structures without atomic precision. So we will need to do a lot more work to see how many grants are actually on the bottom-up pathway to molecular manufacturing.

One Response to “Help verifying NNI-funded nanomachine/nanosystems?”

  1. ChrisPhoenix Says:

    Evaluating manufacturing systems

    After seeing several such claims about the amount of relevant work the NNI is allegedly doing, I've created a (draft) scorecard to evaluate the breakthrough potential of proposed manufacturing systems.

    Research Scorecards

    Almost all NNI research scores as not very relevant.

    Comments and edits are welcomed; the site is based on the same software used by Wikipedia.

    Chris

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