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For additional information on nanotechnology, visit the nanogloss.com blog, which is geared toward beginners in the nanofield and aims to explain nanotechnology more in layman's terms.

carbon nanotube: A  nanotube consisting of cylindrically-arranged graphitic carbon.

CBEN Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology Rice University's  NSEC, with research focuses in bioengineering and environmental engineering applications of nanotechnology, and environmental impacts of  nanomaterials.

Smalley Institute The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Rice University’s institute devoted to developing nanoscale science and technology.

ICON:  The International Council on Nanotechnology CBEN’s organization designed to assess, communicate, and reduce the environmental and health risks of nanotechnology while maximizing its societal benefit.

nano: One one-billionth. 10-9.

nanocrystal: A  nanoparticle that is crystalline.

nanofiber: A fiber that has a diameter on the  nanometer length scale.

nanomaterial: A material that has engineered properties because of  nanometer-scale structuring.

nanometer: One one-billionth of a meter. About the size of ten atoms. Abbreviated as “nm.”

nanoparticle: A particle that is 1-100  nm in diameter.

nanoscience: The study of phenomena on the  nanometer length scale.

nanotechnology: Applications developed using materials that have at least one critical dimension on the  nanometer length scale.

nanotube: A  nanofiber with a cavity down the center. Often understood to mean a  carbon nanotube.

nm: A  nanometer.

NNI The National Nanotechnology Initiative. A multi-agency framework for organizing and directing nanotechnology research in the United States.

NSEC: Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. A center funded by the  NSF specifically investigating the science and engineering of  nanotechnology.

NSF The National Science Foundation.

SWNT: Single-walled  carbon nanotubes.

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This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.

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