Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensing Workshop Report (2009)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: May. 7 2009

Description:

Nanotechnology holds the potential to enable a new generation of high-density, multianalyte sensors to fill the rising demand for highly selective, highly sensitive smart sensor systems capable of simultaneously detecting multiple species.  Organizers of this NNI workshop chose to focus on nanotechnology-enabled signal transducers and the insertion of these sensing elements into sensor systems.


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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