Nanotechnology 101: The Biggest Thing You’ve Never Seen- Mike Meador's lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on Oct 20, 2015

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Author: Michael Meador, NNCO
Publication Date: Oct. 20 2015


The Director of the U.S. Government’s National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), Dr. Michael Meador, gave a lecture at the Royal Institution to a sold out crowd on October 20, 2015. The talk was entitled "Nanotechnology 101: The Biggest Thing You've Never Seen" focused on the fundamentals of nanotechnology—what it is and why it’s unique—and how this emerging, disruptive technology will change the world. From invisibility cloaks to lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles to a cure for cancer, Dr. Meador gave illustrative examples and applications showing why nanotechnology might just be the biggest thing you can’t see. 

Nanotechnology Fact

A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. (A meter is 39.37 inches, or slightly longer than one yard.) The prefix “nano” means “one billionth”, or 10-9, in the international system for units of weights and measures. The abbreviation for nanometer is "nm."

For visual examples of the size of the nanoscale, see The Size of Nano.

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