The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to encourage our Nanotechnology Community to participate in National Nanotechnology Day’s Events and Activities.

 Schools, labs, and institutions across the country are hosting events, writing articles, and planning activities for the first annual National Nano Day celebration

 National Nanotechnology Day is Sunday, October 9th, 2016. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10-9 meters.

National Nanotechnology Day collageNational Nanotechnology Day, a series of events and activities led by the U.S. nanotechnology community, is an annual opportunity to inform the public and stakeholders about nanotechnology and its benefits; the accomplishments of industry, academia, and government in nanotechnology R&D, commercialization, and education; and the future opportunities and promise for nanotechnology. The purpose of this day is to celebrate the hard work of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who have helped nanotechnology move from a laboratory curiosity to an enabling technology that is rapidly becoming pervasive in consumer products, medicine, transportation, energy, and infrastructure.

Activities will take place across the country on and around October 9th and are being hosted by a number of professional societies, schools, and other organizations.  In addition, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is promoting two activities:

100 Billion Nanometer Dash, a challenge to run a #100BillionNanometers (equal to 100 meters) and upload the video

Nano Nuggets, short videos featuring experts, visionaries, and artists sharing their thoughts on nanotechnology

Leading scientists, engineers, and other experts in the nanotechnology community have contributed close to 60 Nano Nuggets! The NNCO will release these over the course of the month. The first Nano Nugget videos to be released this week leading up to National Nanotechnology Day are:

Tuesday, 10/4 – Nano Nugget featuring Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology & Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Wednesday, 10/5 – Detecting Cancerous Tumors Before They’re Visible to the Human Eye, featuring Thomas Kalil, OSTP; Michelle Bradbury, Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research; and Piotr Grodzinski, National Cancer Institute

Thursday, 10/6 – Materials that are Stronger than Steel and a Fraction of the Weight, featuring Thomas Kalil, OSTP; Horacio Espinosa, Northwestern University; and Michael Meador, NNCO

Friday, 10/7 – Storing the Library of Congress in a Device the Size of a Sugar Cube, featuring Thomas Kalil, OSTP; Mark Kryder, Carnegie Mellon University; and George Bachand, Sandia National Laboratories

Saturday, 10/8 – Nano Nugget featuring Paula Hammond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sunday, 10/9 – Nano Nugget featuring students from Madison Park Middle School in Phoenix, Arizona

Join the celebration by uploading your #100BillionNanometerDash, tweeting about #NationalNanoDay, learning about nanotechnology, and watching the Nano Nuggets! To request adding your events, activities, videos, or photos to the National Nanotechnology Day page, email

Media Contact:
Marlowe Newman, NNCO Communications Director


Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: A Federal Perspective Webinar
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
3:00PM – 4:30PM ET
Registration Now Open!

EmTech – MIT Technology Review
October 18-20, 2016
Cambridge, MA


Proposition 65: OEHHA Adopts Revisions to Its Proposition 65 Warning Regulations
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Biotechnology: White House Releases Proposed Update to the Coordinated Framework and National Strategy for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Once again, we encourage your participation in National Nanotechnology Day!