2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy Fact Sheet

Subject Area:
NNI Strategic Documents
EHS-related Documents
Author: NSET/NEHI
Publication Date: Oct. 20 2011

Description:

A fact sheet for frequently asked questions about the NNI 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (nm), where unique phenomena enable novel applications not feasible when working with bulk materials or even with single atoms or molecules. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick; a single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer in diameter.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties call their work nanoengineering.

Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

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