Published:  March 12, 2017

Nanotechnology research within the DoD is slowly transitioning from basic to applied, and as this happens, more attention is being paid to how nanotechnology will benefit the individual warfighter and how to overcome challenges for implementing these technologies, such as facilitating technology transfer and minimizing environmental impacts. The articles presented in this special issue not only exhibit applications of nanotechnology in the HDIAC’s focus areas, but they also reveal the reach that nanotechnology has on so many aspects of science, technology, engineering, and society.

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National Security and the Nano Factor

National Security and the Nano Factor

Introduction It is only fitting that an article relating nanotechnology and national security begin with a quote from a figure central to both – Richard Feynman. After all, it was Feynman who helped launch both…

The Impact of Culture & Religion

The Impact of Culture & Religion

The field of nanotechnology is becoming more widely used in both military and medical applications. As the Department of Defense employs a diverse workforce, an understanding of the cultural, religious, and ethical implications of nanotechnology…

Soft Micro-Robots for Military Medicine

Soft Micro-Robots for Military Medicine

Military medicine spans the gamut from emergency field care to rehabilitation. Across this spectrum technologies that are robust, portable and adaptive are critical for the patient’s recovery. Traditionally, medical robotics is associated with intricate, bulky…

Electrospun Nanofiber Electrodes and Membranes for Energy Conversion and Storage

Electrospun Nanofiber Electrodes and Membranes for Energy Conversion and Storage

Separators and Electrodes in Fuel Cells and Batteries The modern military relies heavily on portable electricity. The efficient generation, storage and distribution of electrical energy in a war zone are essential to sustaining military operations….