NSI White Paper: Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion

Subject Area:
NNI Publications and Reports
Author: NSTC Commitee on Technology, Subcommitee of Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET)
Publication Date: Jul. 1 2010

Description:

This white paper details the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative on Solar Energy Collection and Conversion.

Participating agencies include: DOE, NIST, NSF, DOD, IC, and USDA/NIFA.

Click here to view the NSI Solar page.


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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