Research Directions II Workshop, sponsored by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee, NSTC, through the NNCO. National Academy of Science (2004)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Sep. 9 2004

Description:

Report of a workshop to provide input to strategic planning for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, held in Washington, D.C., September 8 and 9, 2004. Part of the NNI’s broader effort to maintain U.S. preeminence in nanotechnology.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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