American Chemical Society announces second “nano video” contest

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2009 — It’s back! The American Chemical Society (ACS) Web community site for nanoscience and nanotechnology researchers and enthusiasts — ACS Nanotation ( — has launched a second installment of the NanoTube video contest that became an Internet sensation a few months ago.

Entries now are being accepted for the new contest, entitled “How Will Nano Change the World?” Organized as an outgrowth of ACS’ peer-reviewed scientific publishing in the area of nano-scale science, the contest seeks creative videos that convey the applications of nanoscience to a broad audience.

In the first video contest "What is Nano?," contestants illustrated how “nano” is a way of making things smaller, lighter and more efficient, making it possible to build better machines, solar cells, materials and radios. It morphed into the nano-world’s version of an American Idol event, with entries originally submitted to the ACS Nanotation video gallery popping up all over the Internet, giving celebrity to entrants even before a winner had been picked.

But contest organizers realized that another question remained: How exactly is "nano" going to impact both us and the world? Organizers say they want contestants to think BIG about nano — a science that deals with objects thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair — and show how nano will address these important questions:

  • What can nano do for global security?
  • What can nano do for the environment?
  • What can nano do for sustainable energy?
  • What can nano do for fighting disease?
  • What can nano do for the products you use?
  • What can nano do for you?

Submit your videos to NanoTube by Aug. 9, 2009, for the chance to win up to $500 in cash.

For contest information go to rules and guidelines or contact with any questions.

The ACS Publications Division publishes a portfolio of 34 peer-reviewed journals across the chemical sciences, including its flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society, begun in 1879, as well as the industry-leading Nano Letters ( and ACS Nano ( The latter publication was designated Best New Journal for 2008 by the Association of American Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (AAP/PSP). The Society was similarly recognized recently for its excellence in Web technology innovation, receiving top honors from AAP/PSP for Best Website/Electronic Platform. ACS Nanotation is part of the society's innovation in the area of Web 2.0 community-building, as showcased within the ACS Network.


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