The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space will be holding a hearing at 10AM on Thursday July 14, "The National Nanotechnology Investment: Manufacturing, Commercialization and Job Creation",

As the Commerce Committee considers a reauthorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the hearing will examine the potential of nanotechnology, federal initiatives to coordinate research investments, barriers to commercialization, possible environmental and health risks, and steps Congress can take to improve the return on federal nanotechnology investments.

Appearing before the Subcommittee are the following witnesses:

    • Dr. Chad A. Mirkin
      Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University
      Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    • Dr. Charles (Chuck) H. Romine
      Acting Associate Director, Laboratory Programs, and Principal Deputy, Office of the Director
      National Institute of Standards and Technology

    • Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
      Director, West Virginia Nano Initiative
      Professor of Physics, West Virginia University

    • Dr. Thomas O’Neal
      Associate Vice President for Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida
      Executive Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program

    • Dr. George L. McLendon
      Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Chemistry
      Rice University


The hearing will also be webcast on the Committee’s website. The witnesses prepared statements will be posted to the Subcommittee’s site the day of the hearing.