What exactly is Nanotechnology?

In summary, Nanotechnology is the development of technology on a nanoscale, with a legal definition of any system having at least one dimension measuring less than 100 nm. This definition was created due to the government's grants for nanotechnology research.
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What exactly is Nanotechnology?
 
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Although it is of course no guarantee of being 100% correct, with questions like these it is always interesting to have a look at the wiki entry on the subject.
(be careful with Wiki, though if you need accurate information).
 
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Nanotechnology, in the broadest sense, simply refers to technology that is engineered on the scale of nanometers (10^-9m).
 
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When the federal government began offering grants to aid researchers and the study of nanotechnology, it immediately became necessary to develop a legal, and unambiguous, definition of the term. Now, nanotechnology is legally defined as the development of any system with at least one dimension measuring less than 100 nm (or 100 "billionths of a meter").
 

Related to What exactly is Nanotechnology?

1. What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is a field of science and technology that deals with manipulating and controlling matter at the nanoscale, which is one billionth of a meter. It involves designing, creating, and using materials and devices at the atomic and molecular level to achieve specific properties and functions.

2. How does nanotechnology work?

Nanotechnology works by manipulating and controlling the behavior and properties of materials at the nanoscale. This is often done through processes such as molecular self-assembly, where molecules arrange themselves into desired structures, or through the use of specialized tools and techniques such as scanning probe microscopy.

3. What are the potential applications of nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology has a wide range of potential applications in various fields, including medicine, electronics, energy, and environmental remediation. Some examples include targeted drug delivery in medicine, more efficient solar cells in energy, and water purification in environmental remediation.

4. Is nanotechnology safe?

The safety of nanotechnology is a complex and ongoing topic of research and debate. While there are potential risks associated with nanomaterials, the field also has significant potential for addressing global challenges and improving our lives. Strict regulations and responsible practices are necessary to ensure the safe development and use of nanotechnology.

5. How does nanotechnology impact our daily lives?

Nanotechnology has already made significant impacts on our daily lives, from improving the performance of electronic devices to enhancing the effectiveness of medical treatments. In the future, nanotechnology is expected to continue to play a role in improving various aspects of our lives, such as providing cleaner and more sustainable energy sources and creating more efficient and lightweight materials for transportation.

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