Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico, Sandia Site Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico
In 1999, the United States government announced the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) that included a proposal directed at doubling the nation’s investment in nanotechnology to ensure the United States’ competitive position in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. As part of the NNI, the National Science and Technology Council Interagency Working Group on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (IWGN) concluded that research centers would permit activities that cannot be accomplished in the traditional mode of small groups or single investigators or with the current research infrastructure. The IWGN recognized the importance of establishing research centers with major Department of Energy (DOE) specialized and user facilities. Consequently, the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (OBES) plans to support the NNI, in part, through the establishment of an integrated national program of Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRC) affiliated with major facilities at DOE’s national laboratories.