Triennial Review of the


Committee on Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative:
Phase II

National Materials and Manufacturing Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Committee on Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Phase II National Materials and Manufacturing Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS  500 Fifth Street, NW  Washington, DC 20001 NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance. This study was supported by Contract CBET-1138917 between the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project. International Standard Book Number-13: 978-0-309-26922-3 International Standard Book Number-10: 0-309-26922-9 This report is available in limited quantities from: National Materials and Manufacturing Board 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Additional copies of this report are available from the National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001; (800) 624-6242 or (202) 334-3313; Copyright 2013 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America

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COMMITTEE ON TRIENNIAL REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE: PHASE II CAROL A. HANDWERKER, Purdue University, Co-chair MICHAEL N. HELMUS, Consultant, Worcester, Massachusetts, Co-chair ROBERT R. DOERING, Texas Instruments, Inc. LEE FLEMING, University of California, Berkeley PAUL A. FLEURY, Yale University LIESL FOLKS, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies ROBERT HULL, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute JACQUELINE A. ISAACS, Northeastern University DONALD H. LEVY, University of Chicago CELIA MERZBACHER, Semiconductor Research Corporation OMKARAM NALAMASU, Applied Materials, Inc. WOLFGANG POROD, University of Notre Dame ALAN RAE, TPF Enterprises, LLC ELSA REICHMANIS, Georgia Institute of Technology JUDITH STEIN, General Electric Global Research Center CHARLES F. ZUKOSKI, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Staff DENNIS CHAMOT, Acting Director, NMMB ERIK B. SVEDBERG, Study Director ANN F. LARROW, Program Associate (as of August 2012) HEATHER LOZOWSKI, Financial Associate RICKY D. WASHINGTON, Administrative Coordinator (until July 2012) v

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NATIONAL MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING BOARD ROBERT H. LATIFF, R. Latiff Associates, Chair DENISE F. SWINK, Independent Consultant, Germantown, Maryland, Vice-chair PETER R. BRIDENBAUGH, NAE,1 ALCOA (retired), Boca Raton, Florida VALERIE M. BROWNING, ValTech Solutions, LLC PAUL CITRON, NAE, Medtronic, Inc. (retired), Minnetonka, Minnesota GEORGE T. (RUSTY) GRAY III, Los Alamos National Laboratory CAROL A. HANDWERKER, Purdue University SUNDARESAN JAYARAMAN, Georgia Institute of Technology DAVID W. JOHNSON, JR., NAE, Stevens Institute of Technology MICHAEL F. McGRATH, Analytic Services Inc. NABIL NASR, Golisano Institute for Sustainability PAUL S. PEERCY, NAE, University of Wisconsin-Madison ROBERT C. PFAHL, JR., International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative VINCENT J. RUSSO, Aerospace Technologies Associates, LLC KENNETH H. SANDHAGE, Georgia Institute of Technology ROBERT E. SCHAFRIK, GE Aviation HAYDN WADLEY, University of Virginia STEVEN WAX, Independent Consultant, Reston, Virginia Staff DENNIS CHAMOT, Acting Director ERIK B. SVEDBERG, Senior Program Officer ANN F. LARROW, Program Associate (as of August 2012) HEATHER LOZOWSKI, Financial Associate RICKY D. WASHINGTON, Administrative Coordinator (until July 2012) 1    AE, N National Academy of Engineering. vi

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Preface The National Research Council was asked by the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) to review the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) pursuant to the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, Section 5 of Public Law 108-153.1 A cross-disciplinary, complex system with a diverse stakeholder base, the NNI coordinates nanotechnology-related R&D of 26 federal agencies. Owing to the complex and extensive nature of its review, the committee prepared an interim report on one of the three tasks within the statement of task (Appendix A)2—specifically, Task 2, assessment of progress and m ­ etrics. The main text of the interim report, which substantially informed this final report, is reprinted in Appendix E. As the United States faces grave financial challenges, the ability of a program like the NNI to become economically effective in facilitating the creation of technol- ogy, products, and jobs in almost all sectors of the economy is a bright beacon. As co-chairs we are honored to work on evaluating a program that has such potential to benefit science and society. We thank the committee members for their exceptional efforts in preparing this report. In executing its charge, the committee met five times from January 11 to 1  The first review by the National Research Council was published as A Matter of Size: Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2006. 2    ational Research Council, Interim Report for the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology N Initiative, Phase II, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2012 (reprinted in Appendix E). vii

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viii Preface September 13, 2012. The committee also heard from a broad spectrum of speakers from government, industry, consultant organizations, nonprofit trade organiza- tions, and academe. In particular, the committee thanks the following for their contributions to this study and for their participation in the committee’s meetings: Robert Celotta, Hongda Chen, Hilary Flynn, Lynn E. Foster, Chuck Geraci, Piotr Grodzinski, Barbara Herr Harthorn, Bruce Kisliuk, Harriet Kung, Julia Lane, Robert Langer, Matthew Laudon, Minh Le, Alex Liddle, Carlos Peña, Tom Picraux, Robert Pohanka, Mihail C. Roco, Jonathan M. Samet, Maxine Savitz, Brent Segal, Neal D. Shinn, Phillip Singerman, Lewis E. Sloter II, Jerry Thursby, Sally Tinkle, Michael S. Tomczyk, and Bob Welch. We also thank the following National Cancer Institute staff for their participation in a conference call: Dorothy Farrell, George Hinkal, Nora Miralieva, and Stephanie Morris. We and the committee also thank the interim director of the National ­Materials and Manufacturing Board, Dennis Chamot, and the study director, Erik ­ vedberg, S for their help and guidance in performing this triennial review. And we express spe- cial appreciation to staff members Laura Toth, Linda Williams, Ricky D. ­Washington, and Ann Larrow for assistance with meeting arrangements and all the daily tasks. Carol A. Handwerker, Co-Chair Michael N. Helmus, Co-Chair Committee on Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Phase II

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsive- ness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain con- fidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following for their review of the report: Harold G. Craighead, NAE,1 Cornell University, Mildred Dresselhaus, NAS2/NAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michael Ettenberg, NAE, DOLCE Technologies, Abbas Firoozabadi, NAE, Yale University, Robert E. Fontana, Jr., NAE, IBM, Kinam Kim, NAE, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Subhash Mahajan, NAE, University of California, Davis, Edward Przybylowicz, NAE, Eastman Kodak Company (retired), and Axel Scherer, California Institute of Technology. 1    AE, N National Academy of Engineering. 2    AS, N National Academy of Sciences. ix

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x Acknowledgments Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recom- mendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by Carl Lineberger, NAS, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Major General Richard Paul, U.S. Air Force, retired. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Contents SUMMARY 1 1 INTRODUCTION 15 Overview of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, 15 Charge to the Committee, 21 2 MEASURING PROGRESS AND DEFINING SUCCESS IN 23 THE CONTEXT OF FEDERAL RESEARCH INITIATIVES 3 NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE STAKEHOLDERS 31 Fostering Interaction and Engagement, 32 National Nanotechnology Initiative Planning, Coordination, and Management by Federal Stakeholders, 36 Stakeholders Receiving National Nanotechnology Initiative–Related Federal Funding, 44 Building a Stronger Community of Federally Funded National Nanotechnology Initiative Stakeholders, 46 4 METRICS, DEFINITIONS OF SUCCESS, AND DATA 52 Assessing Progress, 54 Establishing Metrics for Quality Improvement, 55 Definitions of Success and Metrics for the NNI: Built on Data and Science, 58 xi

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xii Contents Data Sets Essential to NNI Assessment, 59 Operational Issues: Collecting, Tracking, and Evaluating Data, 63 5 PLANNING, MANAGEMENT, AND COORDINATION 67 FRAMEWORK FOR THE NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE Signature Initiatives, 67 Interagency Management and Coordination, 76 Setting Research Directions: Roadmapping, 85 Building a Nanotechnology Community, 88 Role of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, 94 6 TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALIZATION 95 Current Nanotechnology Commercialization Activities, 97 Models for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, 106 Concluding Observations, 112 7 OVERARCHING AND CROSSCUTTING THEMES AND PRIORITIES 113 APPENDIXES A Statement of Task 119 B Acronyms and Abbreviations 121 C Specific Examples of NNI Stakeholders 125 D Committee Biographies 128 E Interim Report 139