Lecture by Lisa E. Friedersdorf – American Corners

Via Zoom

“Future Directions for Nanotechnology”. - 3 p.m.

On 27th October 2021, Lisa Friedersdorf will give a lecture under the American Corner @Técnico.

• 27th October, 3 p.m. – Online (via ZOOM)
• Speaker: Lisa Friedersdorf, PhD.
• Title: “Future Directions for Nanotechnology”.


The establishment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) twenty years ago brought much excitement to the area of nanotechnology in the United States and around the world. Over the past two decades, considerable progress has been made with countless discoveries advancing the understanding of the nanoscale and enabling applications from advanced electronics to life-saving medicines. In parallel to the development of applications, considerable world-wide attention has focused on the potential implications of nanomaterials and vastly improved our understanding of nanosafety. Early focus areas of nanoscience, such as nanophotonics, have spun off and grown into their own fields. New suites of tools are now available to fabricate and characterize nanomaterials and enable their integration into devices and systems. And a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and international nanotechnology community has developed. With this in mind, the future directions for the NNI have been outlined in a new strategic plan. This presentation will provide examples of ongoing nanotechnology research, current applications, and an overview of new elements of the NNI. Opportunities to participate and engage will be highlighted.
Dr. Lisa E. Friedersdorf is the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), the office responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and facilitating collaboration among the more than 30 Federal agencies engaged in nanotechnology research and development. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly thirty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and has over two decades of experience teaching at both the university and high school levels. Lisa earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Moderator: Luís Viseu Melo (Associate Professor, IST/DF; CeFEMA).