Nanotechnology is the art and science of manipulating matter at the nanoscale (down to 1/100,000 the width of a human hair) to create new and unique materials and products.
Nanotechnology has enormous potential to change society. An estimated global research and development investment of nearly $9 billion per year is anticipated to lead to new medical treatments and tools; more efficient energy production, storage and transmission; better access to clean water; more effective pollution reduction and prevention; and stronger, lighter materials. And these are just a few of the more significant ways in which people are discussing using the technology. Learn more about nanotechnology with our introduction, or click on one of the articles below to begin exploring the subject in detail.
Recent News, Events and Publications
- news/archive October 22, 2007 The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology The Twinkie Guide to Nanotechnology is an entertaining new video featuring scientist Andrew Maynard which mixes the iconic American snack cake with humor to unlock the mysteries of nanotechnology. In this 25-minute short Maynard serves up the complexities of nanoscience in bite-size morsels. video
- events/archive September 25, 2007 Nanotechnology: What’s That? Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two of the hottest fields in research, investment, and manufacturing. But how many Americans know what nanotechnology is? Does the U.S. public feel that the potential benefits of nanotechnology will outweigh potential risks? video
- publications/archive May 1, 2007 Developing Story: Nanotechnology and Low-Income Nations
- news/archive April 24, 2007 Nanotechnology Offers Hope for Treating Spinal Cord Injuries, Diabetes, Heart and Parkinson’s Disease Imagine a world where damaged organs in your body—kidneys, liver, heart—can be stimulated to heal themselves. Envision people tragically paralyzed whose injured spinal cords can be repaired. Think about individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s relieved of their symptoms – completely and permanently. video
- events/archive April 23, 2007 NanoFrontiers: Visions for the Future of Nanotechnology The report will be released at an event featuring one of the contributors to the report, Dr. Samuel Stupp, director of Northwestern University’s Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine. He will present the findings from his latest research in applying nanotechnology to jump-start cell regeneration. Dr. Stupp will also share his predictions on the long-term potential of using nanotechnology to treat specific medical conditions. video
- events/archive March 5, 2007 Nanotechnology: The Next Big Thing “Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two of the hottest fields in science, business, and the news today.” —Mark Ratner, Northwestern University video
- publications/archive March 1, 2007 NanoFrontiers: Visions for the Future of Nanotechnology (Report)
- publications/archive February 27, 2007 Nanotechnology: A Primer
- events/archive February 27, 2007 Using Nanotechnology to Improve Health in Developing Countries What if doctors in Kenya could equip cells of the retina with photoswitches that can be flipped on, essentially making blind nerve cells see and restoring light sensitivity in people with degenerative blindness? What if public health workers in Bangladesh could place contaminated water into transparent bottles, which when placed in direct sunlight could disinfect the water and help prevent water-borne diseases? video
- publications/archive December 5, 2006 What Drives Public Acceptance of Nanotechnology? Published in Nature Nanotechnology 1
- news/archive September 6, 2006 Nanotechnology Can Be Child’s Play “Hands-on” Learning Activity for Science Invisible to the Naked Eye video
- news/archive April 25, 2006 NPR: Health, Safety and the Future of Nanotechnology On Tuesday April 25th, 2006 Project staff David Rejeski, Julia Moore and Evan Michelson were guests on NPR’s Tech Tuesday show. audio
- events/archive February 16, 2006 Green Nanotechnology I—What Is It? A discussion of how what we already know can be applied to a new technology—Green chemistry., Green Engineering, Environmentally Benign Manufacturing, Eco-efficiency, industrial ecology, etc. How would green nanotechnology change our approach to this new technology? video
- news/archive December 16, 2005 NPR: Rejeski Explores Where We Stand in the World Of Nanotechnology audio
- news/archive December 5, 2005 Dialogue Television: Episode #1004 Nanotechnology: The Large Promise of Small Things David Rejeski, Director of Foresight and Governance Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Andrew Maynard Senior Research Associate, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson Center explore Nanotechnology and its promise. video
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