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

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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

Yes, nanotechnology is becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives and has found its way into many commercial products, for example, strong, lightweight materials for better fuel economy; targeted drug delivery for safer and more effective cancer treatments; clean, accessible drinking water around the world; superfast computers with vast amounts of storage; self-cleaning surfaces; wearable health monitors; more efficient solar panels; safer food through packaging and monitoring; regrowth of skin, bone, and nerve cells for better medical outcomes; smart windows that lighten or darken to conserve energy; and nanotechnology-enabled concrete that dries more quickly and has sensors to detect stress or corrosion at the nanoscale in roads, bridges, and buildings. By some estimates, revenue from the sale of nanotechnology-enabled products made in the United States has grown more than six-fold from 2009 through 2016 and is projected to exceed $500 billion in 2016.

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