Nanotechnology: Big Things from a Tiny World.

Subject Area:
NNI Brochures
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jul. 7 2008

Description:

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A colorful, compelling brochure that explains nanotechnology and its potential in a format that appeals to general audiences. This online version is formatted to be a printer-friendly document. This brochure is optimized for printing. If you would prefer a hard copy be mailed to you, contact info@nnco.nano.gov

 

See the Spanish language version here. "Nanotecnologia: Cosas Grandes de un Mundo Diminuto"


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanoscale materials have been used for over a millenium. For example, nanoscale gold was used in stained glass in Medieval Europe and nanotubes were found in blades of swords made in Damascus. However, ten centuries passed before high-powered microscopes were invented, allowing us to see things at the nanoscale and begin working with materials at the nanoscale.

Nanotechnology as we now know it began about 30 years ago, when our tools to image and measure extended into the nanoscale. Around the turn of the millennium, government research managers in the United States and other countries observed that physicists, biologists, chemists, electrical engineers, optical engineers, and materials scientists were working on overlapping issues emerging at the nanoscale. In 2000, the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was created to help these researchers benefit from each other’s insights and accelerate the technology’s development.

To learn more, see What is Nanotechnology?

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