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The International Network for Sustainable Nanotechnology (also known as “International Network4Sustainable Nanotechnology”) is a consortium of leading organizations in the field of nanotechnology, representing institutes, universities, non-profit and governmental agencies. We have different categories of memberships – Founding Members (i.e., the members who formed the consortium), Academic Members (i.e., universities and institutes that have a substantial level of nanotechnology activities), Industry Members (i.e., industries who are already using nanotechnology or would like to adopt nanotechnology for a better tomorrow), and Supporting Members (i.e., government agencies that promote sustainable nanotechnology).

The Network originated from the International Workshop on Nanotechnology for a Sustainable Future, a virtual event held in November 2020, co-organized by the Consulate of the Netherlands in Canada. The workshop featured 26 speakers from five countries spanning four continents, and was attended by 244 people from 15 different countries. Follow-up discussions with the workshop organizers led to the formation of this network.

Founding members of the Network are from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) in Canada, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology from the Netherlands, the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) has been a supporting member since its inception.


To be a global leader, innovator, educator, and influencer (ie, thought leader) for the advancement of nanotechnology for a sustainable future.


To create a collaborative network of nanotechnology institutes and centres, industry, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and the end-user community, to champion nanotechnology solutions for a sustainable future.

The purpose and focus of N4SNano is to promote discovery and advancements in nanotechnology and applications as key mechanisms for sustainability – to bring positive and impactful solutions to society inline with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).


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