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Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing


Following decades of research and development, commercial products enabled by nanoparticles are poised to have broad impact in diverse sectors of the global economy, ranging from electronics to healthcare to energy. However, applications of nanoparticles have been limited by challenges at all stages of the manufacturing process, from production and purification, to characterization and integration of nanoparticles into products. Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing gathered experts from industrial, governmental, and academic sectors to discuss these technical challenges, as well as application forecasts, market insights, and inter-sector collaborations. Through this discussion, this NIST Workshop aimed to develop a better understanding of the challenges currently limiting the manufacturing of nanoscale particles, rods, and tubes in the liquid phase, and thus inform future innovations advancing beyond these limits. The CNST sponsored Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing under the auspices of the NIST Nanomanufacturing Initiative. The organizers of this NIST Workshop are currently preparing a report for publication.



October 7, 2015

Presentation, Speaker, Affiliation
7:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM
Opening Remarks
"Welcome to Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing," Robert Celotta, NIST
8:50 AM
Speaker Session 1:
Scaling Up Nanoparticle Manufacturing and Processing
“Advancing Nanoparticles from the Flask to Applications: Strategies for Functional Synthesis, Scale-up and Precision Integration,” Jennifer Hollingsworth, Los Alamos National Laboratory

“Scaling Up the Nanoscale: Addressing Reproducibility in Nanoparticle Fabrication, Processing and Storage,” Aaron Saunders, nanoComposix

“Accelerated Development, Optimization and Scale-Up of Nano-Feedstock Materials for Additive Manufacturing,” T. Yong-Jin Han, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
10:20 AM
10:30 AM
Speaker Session 2: Assembling Nanoparticles into Materials and Devices
“Building with Artificial Atoms: Preparation and Properties of Nanocrystal Superlattices,” Chris Murray, University of Pennsylvania

“Towards Designed Nanoscale System via Self-Assembly,” Oleg Gang, Brookhaven National Laboratory

“Large-Area Fabrication of Electronic and Optical Devices from Colloidal Nanocrystals,” Cherie Kagan, University of Pennsylvania
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
NanoFab Tour (by request)
1:00 PM
Speaker Session 3: Manufacturing Nanoparticles for Medical Applications
“Manufacturing Personalized Nanomedicines,” Srinivas Sridhar, Northeastern University, Harvard University

“Biomedical Applications with Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Manufacturing and Other Considerations,” Robert Ivkov, Johns Hopkins University

"Improving Global Human Health through Advanced Virus-Like-Particle Manufacturing,” Scot Shepard, Takeda Vaccines
2:30 PM
2:50 PM
Speaker Session 4: Manufacturing and Commercializing Polymer Nanocomposites
“Manufacturing Zirconia Polymer Nanocomposites,” Dan Russell, Pixelligent Technologies

“Commercialization Barriers for Polymer Nanocomposites,” Lee Silverman, DuPont
3:50 PM
Poster and Networking Session
We invite all registered participants to present a poster
5:30 PM
Workshop Adjourns
6:30 PM
Workshop Banquet

October 8, 2015

Presentation, Speaker, Affiliation
7:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM
Opening Remarks
“Challenges and Opportunities Facing the National Nanotechnology Initiative,” Lloyd Whitman, Executive Office of the President
8:50 AM
Speaker Session 5: Processing Carbon Nanotubes for Electronic Applications
“Tailored Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Printed Electronics Applications,” Ricardo Prada Silvy, SouthWest NanoTechnologies

“Advances in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Population Refinement via Aqueous Two-Phase Extraction,” Jeffrey Fagan, NIST

“Harnessing Carbon Nanotubes for VLSI Technology,” Wilfried Haensch, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
10:20 AM
10:30 AM
Speaker Session 6: Characterizing Carbon Nanotubes for Emerging Applications
"Progress and Challenges in the Manufacturing of High-Performance Macroscopic Carbon Nanotube Conductors," Matteo Pasquali, Rice University
"Optoelectronics with Macroscopically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes," Junichiro Kono, Rice University
"Semiconductor Nanoparticle and Carbon Nanotube Architectures for Solar Hydrogen Production," Todd Krauss, University of Rochester
"Optical Spectroscopy in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Applications," R. Bruce Weisman, Rice University
12:30 PM
12:30 PM
NanoFab Tour (by request)
1:30 PM
Speaker Session 7: Developing Tools and Techniques for Characterizing Nanoparticles 
“Advances in Nanoparticle Characterization Techniques for Life Science Applications,” Samiul Amin, Malvern Instruments

“ZENO: A Computational Tool For Nanoparticle and Polymer Characterization,” Jack Douglas, NIST

“Nanofabricated Devices and Optical Microscopy for Nanoparticle Characterization,” Samuel Stavis, NIST
3:00 PM
3:20 PM
Speaker Session 8: Working Together to Advance Nanoparticle Manufacturing
"The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation,” Frank Gayle, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
3:50 PM
Open Discussion Session
We encourage all registered participants to speak their minds
5:30 PM
Workshop Ends

A copy is available for download in PDF format.


  • Samiul Amin
    • Director New Technology Assessment, Malvern Instruments
  • Robert Celotta
    • Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Jack Douglas
    • Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Jeffrey Fagan
    • Project Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Oleg Gang
    • Group Leader, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Frank Gayle
    • Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
  • Wilfried Haensch
    • Senior Manager, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
  • T. Yong-Jin Han
    • Group Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Jennifer Hollingsworth
    • Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Robert Ivkov
    • Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Cherie Kagan
    • Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Junichiro Kono
    • Professor, Rice University
  • Todd Krauss
    • Professor, University of Rochester
  • Christopher Murray
    • Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matteo Pasquali
    • Professor, Rice University
  • Dan Russell
    • Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations, Pixelligent Technologies
  • Aaron Saunders
    • Research Lead, nanoComposix
  • Scot Shepard
    • Director, Biologics Process Design, Takeda Vaccines
  • Lee Silverman
    • Science Manager, DuPont
  • Ricardo Prada Silvy
    • Vice President of Research and Process Development, SouthWest Nanotechnologies
  • Srinivas Sridhar
    • Professor, Northeastern University
  • Samuel Stavis
    • Project Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • R. Bruce Weisman
    • Professor, Rice University
  • Lloyd Whitman
    • Assistant Director, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Executive Office of the President


Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
End Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Workshop


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Technical Contact:

Chair:  Samuel M. Stavis, 301-975-2844

Co-Chair: Jeffrey A. Fagan, 301-975-6740


  • Jack F. Douglas, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • J. Alexander Liddle, Group Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Ming Zheng, Project Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Participating Organizations:

  • Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
  • Air Products and Chemicals
  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
  • Anton Paar
  • AxNano
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Carestream Contract Manufacturing
  • DuPont
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard Medical School
  • HGST
  • IBM
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Malvern Instruments
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Nanocomp Technologies
  • nanoComposix
  • Nanotech Plus
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
  • Northeastern University
  • Pixelligent Technologies
  • Rice University
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SouthWest NanoTechnologies
  • Takeda Vaccines
  • United Steelworkers
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Weinberg Medical Physics
  • World Technology Evaluation Center
  • Wyatt Technology