The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following hybrid workshop.

NNI Nano4EARTH Kick-off Workshop
January 24-25, 2023
Washington DC / Virtual



Climate change is among the most pressing issues of our time. By understanding and controlling matter at the nanoscale, nanotechnology is helping develop and accelerate technologies and industries that address climate change and benefit society. With that in mind, the White House recently announced the launch of the NNI’s inaugural National Nanotechnology Challenge, Nano4EARTH. This challenge is a call to action to mobilize stakeholders to identify and address barriers to widespread adoption of nanoscale solutions to the climate change crisis.

To provide a venue for this critical discussion, we welcome the new year with the Nano4EARTH kick-off workshop. The workshop will be a forum for the community to share ideas on specific opportunities that can be achieved – especially through multiagency coordination – in a 4-year time frame; to identify barriers to the scale-up, adoption, and dissemination of climate nanotechnologies; to establish metrics to monitor progress; and to build connections across the diverse community.


Location: Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf, L’Enfant (Ballroom)
Salon A, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20024
Parking and Metro Directions

January 24, 2023 (Eastern Standard Time)

9:00 am | Introduction of Nano4EARTH by NNCO Director Dr. Branden Brough

9:10 am | Keynote speaker: Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

10:10 am | Break

10:30 am | Panel 1: Identifying nanotechnology-enabled solutions for addressing climate change
Moderator: Dr. Mark Griep, Materials Engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
– Dr. Sally Benson, Deputy Director for Energy and Chief Strategist for the Energy Transition, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
– Dr. Michele Ostraat, Chief Scientist, Pajarito Powder
– Dr. Lloyd Whitman, Senior Director, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

12:00 pm | Lunch break

12:30 pm | Panel 2: Climate Entrepreneurs: Resources, successes, and shortcomings
Moderator: Dr. Christie Canaria, Interagency Policy Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
– Dr. Nichole Cates, Senior Research Scientist, Smart Material Solutions
– Dr. Etosha Cave, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Twelve
– Dr. Dick T. Co, Director, Chain Reaction Innovations, Argonne National Laboratory
– Dr. Matthew Hull, Director, Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory, NanoEarth, Virginia Tech

2:00 pm | Summary

2:05 pm | Adjourn

2:05- 3:00 pm | In-person only networking session

January 25, 2023 (Eastern Standard Time)

9:00 am | Welcome remarks by NNCO Director Dr. Branden Brough

9:05 am | Keynote speaker: Dr. Cynthia Friend, President, Kavli Foundation

10:05 am | Break

10:15 am | Panel 3: Measuring the impact and influence of Nano4EARTH
Moderator: Dr. Nora Savage, Program Director, National Science Foundation
– Dr. Barbara Karn, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization
– Dr. Mike Kuperberg, Executive Director, U.S. Global Change Research Program
– Dr. Kelley Lê, Executive Director of Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Projects, University of California, Irvine
– Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt, Director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA

11:45 am | Lunch break

12:15 pm | Strategic planning exercise
– Dr. Branden Brought, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
– Dr. Quinn Spadola, Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

The goal of this session is to distill the discussions from the workshop and identify priority nanotechnologies, barriers to commercialization, and metrics to track progress and impact.

1:45 pm | Closing remarks and summary

2:00 pm | Adjourn

In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.



Once again, we hope that you will be able to participate in the NNI Nano4EARTH Kick-off Workshop.