Pan-American Nanotechnology Network

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The Pan-American Nanotechnology Network (PNN) is currently under development. 

A Workshop to Develop a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network (PNN) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept 21, 2009. The main finding of the workshop is that a shared Pan-American infrastructure is needed to foster nanotechnology research, education, and technology development in the region. Participants found great disparity in regional capabilities, infrastructure, and investment in nanotechnology and concluded that a Pan-American Nanotechnology Network, jointly funded and operated by Pan-American partners, would greatly enhance regional capabilities, distribute benefits across the region, and facilitate cooperation with global partners.

An ad hoc committee has been established to pursue the development of the network.

Workshop Report

PNN Directory

An effort is in place to establish a searchable Pan-American Nano Directory that will enable PNN members to create profiles describing their activities in research, education, and networking. Members can also use this directory to connect with one another and find collaborators.

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Add your profile to the Directory

Pan-American Institutions (partial list)

A Partial list of PNN institutions, based on participation at the PNN Workshop:

Centro Atomico Bariloche (CNEA)-Argentina

Instituto de Química Física de los Materiales, Medio Ambiente y Energía (INQUIMAE), University of Buenos Aires-Argentina

Universidad Nacional del Comahue - Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán - Argentina

Centro Brasilero de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF)- Brazil

Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (IAE) - Brazil

Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo - Brazil

Institute of Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo - Brazil

Petrobras Research Center - Brazil

Universidade Federal do Parana - Brazil

Universidade Brasilia - Brazil

INCT-Nano - Brazil

Brazilian Materials Research Society - Brazil

Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC) - Brazil

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Brazil

Centro para la Investigación Interdisciplinaria Avanzada en Ciencias de los Materiales (CIMAT) - Chile

Universidad Andres Bello - Chile

Universidad de Chile - Chile

Universidad Federico Santa Maria - Chile

Centro de Excelencia en Nuevos Materiales (CENM) - Colombia

Universidad Autonoma de Occidente - Colombia


Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV) - Mexico


Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) - Mexico

Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales / Materials Research Society of Mexico - Mexico

Universidad de la Republica-Montevideo - Uruguay

Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Southern Office of Aerospace Research and Development AFOSR/SOARD - US

Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division - US

National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) - US

Alfred University - US

Virginia Technical Institute - US

US State Department Jefferson Fellows Program - US

National Science Foundation - US

U.S. Army International Technology Center for the Americas (ITC-Americas) - US

Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) Americas - US

Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC) - Venezuela



Recent Events

Workshop to Develop a
Pan-American Nanotechnology

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 22, 2009