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Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing

Following decades of research and development, commercial products are now making use of the unique properties of nanoscale particles in applications from healthcare to electronics to energy. However, challenges in all processes of nanoparticle manufacturing, from synthesis and purification, to characterization and integration, still limit their impact. Under the auspices of the NIST Nanomanufacturing Initiative, Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing gathered experts from industrial, governmental, and academic sectors to discuss these technical challenges, as well as application forecasts, market insights, and intersector collaborations. Through this discussion and subsequent study, NIST aimed to develop a broad perspective of common challenges and recent innovations in nanoparticle manufacturing in liquids. Concluding this study, the organizers of this NIST Workshop have published an archival report in the form of a review article, with an accompanying NIST news article. Please scroll down to the corresponding sections and links to access these publications. Thank you for your interest in Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing.

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October 7, 2015

Time Event 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 Break
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 Lunch
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 Break
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


Time Event 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 Break
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 Lunch
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 Break
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
Created February 20, 2015, Updated October 1, 2018