processes. Standard equipment in biology laboratories, for example, is not usually found in engineering laboratories and vice versa. Further, many researchers do not in any case have access to facilities, shared or private, containing such equipment and instrumentation. National facilities that house clusters of moderately sophisticated instrumentation and individuals with the associated expertise are important for fostering interdisciplinary research in biomolecular materials and processes.
Recommendation 5: DOE should continue to evaluate the effectiveness of recently created facilities to provide access to midrange instrumentation and computational facilities for the advancement of interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and technology. Based on what is learned from this evaluation, analogous, but distinct, centers could be created to facilitate research in biomolecular materials and processes.