NSF PR 01-97 - December 3, 2001
U.S.-EC Nanotech Collaboration Launched
A milestone in scientific cooperation between the
United States and the European Commission (EC) will
boost the growing field of materials research at the
nanoscale. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and
the EC have expanded a program of workshops and funding
of mutual research goals in materials science, to
"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
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.
Four joint workshops are planned for 2002, following
up on an initial workshop in 2000 to identify opportunities
for nanoscale research:
- "Nanomanufacturing and Processing," San Juan,
Puerto Rico, Jan. 5-7, will explore processes
and techniques for design, modeling, tooling and
fabrication of devices and materials.
- "Nanotechnology--Revolutionary Opportunities and
Societal Implications," Lecce, Italy, Jan. 31-Feb.
1, will highlight U.S. and European "roadmaps"
for nanotechnology and impacts of the field for
society and various industries.
- "Instrumentation and Tools for Nanotechnology,"
Grenoble, France, June 12-14, will examine tools,
instruments and devices needed for nanoscale manufacturing.
- "Nanostructured Materials," Boston, Mass., Dec.
5-6, will review developments in metals, polymers,
ceramics and other advanced materials.
The collaborative research awards and joint workshops
are being carried out under an agreement signed in
December 1999 to cooperate in materials research and
education. That agreement, an implementing arrangement
under the U.S.-EC Science and Technology Agreement
of 1998, establishes the framework for collaboration
in areas such as the understanding of fundamental
materials phenomena, materials synthesis and characterization,
and the properties, processing and fabrication of
International cooperation in materials research and
nanotechnology helps advance NSF's goals to facilitate
U.S. access to worldwide research, optimize U.S. investments
in the global environment, foster the development
of an internationally competitive work force and carry
out the National Nanotechnology Initiative. In Europe,
the cooperation furthers an EC program on competitive
and sustainable growth.
NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences,
Directorate for Engineering and Division of International
Programs will participate in the nanotechnology collaboration