Nanoscience and nanotechnology stand at the intersection of basic sciences and integrate with multiple research areas. With broad applications in, for example, energy, biomedicine, information technology devices, and green manufacturing, nano research has become a driving force for economic and social development.

To advance nano research, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Ministry of Education of China established the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in 2003. As the national core center for nanoscience and nanotechnology, as well as a committed member of the global nano research community, NCNST has a responsibility to identify the field’s key challenges and to forecast future trends.

In celebration of its 20-year anniversary, NCNST in cooperation with Science/AAAS ( plan to publish an advertorial in an October issue of Science magazine. This advertorial will present up to 20 Fundamental Questions on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, spanning from basic theories to advanced applications.

We hope to ignite curiosity and deeper investigation by the act of asking profound questions. Therefore, we are soliciting input from nano researchers around the globe. The collected ideas will be reviewed and edited into a final set of questions for publication.

Contributors will be acknowledged in print.

Questions of interest cover all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology, ranging from basic theories to advanced applications. What do you think are the most fundamental / profound questions in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology? Why do you think so?

Here are some examples:

We encourage you to put down your question(s) and interpretive abstract(s) – a short paragraph to help us better understand what you mean. *
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Please submit your solicitation(s) by May 21, 2023.
If you have any queries or comments about this publication, please contact us at:
National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST)
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