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Materials & Nanotechnology

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Materials science brings together multiple sciences, including chemistry, in the study of materials and how we can use them. We can study existing materials to learn about their bonding, structures, and properties, and think about how we might use them. We can also develop new materials that have properties we want.

In nanotechnology, scientists use atoms and molecules to build materials that can be used in many areas, such as health care, clean energy sources, and electronics. These nanomaterials, which typically measure between 1 and 100 nanometers, can have surprising properties.

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