What’s The Big Deal About Nanotechnology?


What is Nanotechnology? Nanotechnology is the study of matter at an incredibly small scale, generally between one and 100 nanometers. The nanoscale is so tiny that a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanotechnology could bring about the next wave of innovation in science and engineering — the possibilities are endless.

What is a Buckyball?

Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules composed entirely of carbon and measuring approximately a nanometer in diameter. They are one of the many nanomaterials that enable the innovations described here.

What Can Be Achieved By Nanotechnology?

Cleaner environment through new water purification methods and by removing pollutants from groundwater and soil.

Energy innovations, like more efficient solar panels, stronger lighter weight wind turbines, lighter car parts, and improved fuel efficiency.

Nanomedicine – Better detection and treatment of cancer and other medical conditions.

Automotive innovations thanks to smart tires, anti-fog window coatings, and stronger car parts.

Defense innovations, like enhanced sensors for chemical and biological weapons and high-performance materials for personal and vehicular defense.

Improved everyday items, like fabrics that can better resist staining and enhanced sports equipment.

Electronics that are faster, smaller, more portable and can store larger amounts of energy and information.

By 2024, the global market for products incorporating nanotechnology is estimated to be $124 Billion.

6 million – The estimated number of Nanotechnology workers needed worldwide by 2020. 2 million – The number of those jobs expected to be in the U.S.

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