Research Challenges for Nanomanufacturing Systems

Hosted by the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, an NSF Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, this workshop will be held at the National Science Foundation on February 11-12, 2008.

Advancing nanotechnology from the laboratory into high volume industrial production for commercial use ultimately requires careful study of manufacturing system issues including product design, reliability and quality, process design and control, shop floor operations and supply chain management.    The identification and resolution of potential bottlenecks and implementation challenges is essential to achieve commercialization and realize the potential of large investments in fundamental research.    This 1½ day workshop will bring together approximately 25 leading experts to identify key issues for manufacturing of nanotechnology-enabled products and to begin the process of categorizing specific concerns for individual product technologies and segments.

The workshop will also address the theory of systems level behavior of integrated nanosystems, including how nanoscale phenomena ultimately affect the characteristics and operability of macroscale systems.

The specific objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Identify needs, challenges and priorities for research and development related to nanomanufacturing systems.
  • Discuss nanomanufacturing systems projects currently underway that address needs in various R&D sectors.
  • Identify and prioritize strategies best suited for catalyzing nanomanufacturing systems research.
  • Produce a report for dissemination to the relevant stakeholders that can serve as guidance for future initiatives in nanomanufacturing systems.