Nanoinformatics is poised to become a leading example of the use of e-science for discovery and innovation among an interdisciplinary community. Understanding the range of current Nanoinformatics projects will help to identify areas where there is the greatest need for coordination in order to move nanotechnology research and development activities forward.
Here's a list of organizations that support and are active in nanoinformatics:
|Cominatorial Sciences and Materials Informatics Collaboratory: CoSMIC is an international collaborative research program focused on data driven discovery in materials science. Its central research theme is to develop new computational and experimental ways of accelerated mechanistic based discovery and design of materials using informatics methods. CoSMIC was established seven years ago through the International Materials Institute program of the US National Science Foundation. It is now continuing through support from a number of agencies including NSF, AFOSR , DARPA , ONR and industry. The program is directed by Professor Krishna Rajan of Iowa State University and involves a network of laboratories in over ten countries.
|ICON GoodNanoGuide: The GoodNanoGuide is a collaboration platform designed to enhance the ability of experts to exchange ideas on how best to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting. It is meant to be an interactive forum that fills the need for up-to-date information about current good workplace practices, highlighting new practices as they develop.
|nanoHUB.org: The nanoHUB is a rich, web-based resource for research, education and collaboration in nanotechnology. The nanoHUB hosts over 1600 resources which will help you learn about nanotechnology, including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Podcasts, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. Most importantly, the nanoHUB offers simulation tools which you can access from your web browser, so you can not only learn about but also simulate nanotechnology devices. The nanoHUB also provides collaboration environment via Workspaces, Online meetings and User groups.
|Nanoparticle Information Library: The Nanoparticle Information Library (NIL) was developed as part of the new NIOSH research focus on nanotechnology and occupational health. The goal of this tool is to help organize and share information on nanomaterials and their associated properties. It is intended to meet the global needs of researchers, industrial users, and occupational health professionals and will include data such as material properties, origin/synthesis methods and information for contacting people who are developing nanomaterials. Users have the option to submit data for inclusion in the database, and it is expected to become part of a global hub for sharing information. As the world inventory of nanomaterials increases, it will provide a mechanism for cataloging new materials and eventually integrating that information with other data sources such as surveillance and toxicology studies of nanomaterials. It will provide a snapshot of global activities and will optimally keep pace with the rapid developments in this expanding field. It is expected to positively impact the course of future research, especially in regard to the health and safety of workers.
|National Institute of Standards and Technology: Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
|National Nanomanufacturing Network: The National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) is an alliance of academic, government and industry partners that cooperate to advance nanomanufacturing strength in the U.S. The mission of the NNN is to serve as a catalyst for progress in nanomanufacturing in the U.S., through the facilitation and promotion of nanomanufacturing workshops, roadmapping, inter-institutional collaborations, technology transition, test beds, and information exchange services (InterNano). The NNN operates as an open-access network of centers, leaders, experts, and stakeholders from the nanomanufacturing research, development, and education community. It is a partnership between academia, industry and government that is built to foster and serve nanomanufacturing communities of practice.
|Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory: The NCL serves as a national resource and knowledge base for all cancer researchers to facilitate the regulatory review of nanotechnologies intended for cancer therapies and diagnostics. By providing the critical infrastructure and characterization services to nanomaterial providers, the NCL accelerates the transition of basic nanoscale particles and devices into clinical applications, thereby reducing suffering and death from cancer.
|Oregon Nanosciences and Microtechnologies Institute: ONAMI, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, is the first Oregon Signature Research Center. A cooperative venture among government and world-class nanoscience and microtechnology R&D institutions and industry in the Northwest, ONAMI was created to cultivate research and commercialization to advance theleading economic sector in Oregon, and expand the benefits of technology innovation to traditional and natural resource industries. ONAMI fosters a deep reach into fundamental science for the next source of innovation and high-wage employment opportunities. By putting nanotechnology to work in microsystems, ONAMI members are taking these advances from the lab through to commercialization.
|The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative: The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI) is the leading green nanotechnology effort in the world and ONAMI’s largest research collaboration. SNNI is a thriving collaboration involving faculty and researchers from UO, OSU, PSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who aim to ensure that the emerging field of nanotechnology develops responsibly, providing new techologies that are inherently safer (greener) by design, in order to protect health, the environment, and the workforce.
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