Nanotechnology has the potential to change the nation’s economy and improve the nation’s economy and improve the standards of living. Recognizing this impact, the cumulative U.S. investment in nanotechnology research and development through the National Nanotechnology Initiative since fiscal year 2001, including the $2.1 billion 2012 request, now totals over $16.5 billion. Today the Commonwealth is in a strong position to be competitive in nanomanufacturing, as well as in other areas including characterization, carbonaceous nanomaterials and applications in nanobiomedicine, and nanoelectronics.

CIT fostered the state’s nanotechnology sector, including creating the Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative (VNI), which brought together executives and researchers from industry, academia, and government to catalyze awareness for nanotechnology and spur non-related collaboration among Virginia’s universities, industry, and federal labs.

Nano-related research and education can be found at colleges, universities, in industry, and at federal labs across the Commonwealth, including:

  • James Madison University (JMU)
  • George Mason University (GMU)
  • Old Dominion University (ODU)
  • Hampton University (HU)
  • University of Virginia (U.Va.)
  • Virginia Tech (VT)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
  • Jefferson Laboratory
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)

The Virginia Nanoelectronics Center, established in2 011, includes partners U.Va., William & Mary, and Micron Technology; the discovery and development of materials for advanced information technologies are among the Center’s objectives. Virginia industry – from many locations across the state, of all sizes, and with a variety of different focuses – in involved in nanotechnology research, integration, and production.

In addition to these organizations’ own websites, find out more about nanotechnology by visiting the National Nanotechnology Initiative website.