Nanotechnology and its applications
Over the last few years nanotechnology has emerged as the science of all things small, more specifically, 'nano'. The nanometre scale runs from 1 to 100 nm with a nanometer being one-billionth of a meter.
To put that scale of measurement into perspective, a nanometre is 1/80,000 of the diameter of a human hair.
Materials this size display unusual physical and chemical properties caused by many factors including the increase in surface area compared to volume which occurs as particles get smaller.
Nanotechnology has the potential to impact on all of our lives
Find out about the many commercial applications of nanotechnology which as currently in use
Is there truth in the 'Grey Goo' stories?
The possibilities that nanotechnology presents are endless
Nanotechnology web site
includes the government commissioned report carried out jointly by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of engineering entitled 'Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties'.
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