Nanotechnology and Energy: Powerful Things from a Tiny World

Subject Area:
NNI Brochures
EHS-related Documents
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Jan. 17 2012

Description:

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This educational brochure provides an overview of nanotechnology's potential applications in the energy sector, including information on batteries, catalysts, solar cells, and green fuels. If you would prefer a hard copy be mailed to you, contact info@nnco.nano.gov

See the Spanish version here.


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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