Nanotechnology

Celebrate Nano Day with ACS!

October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day in honor of the nanometer scale, 10-9 meters. Nano Day is a joint project of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, scientific societies, and other organizations across the country. The goal of Nano Day is to raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future.

This year, Nano Day will feature an array of community-led events, lab tours, and special content from ACS and others – some big events to celebrate tiny science! See a full list of Nano Day events and find some in your area.

Featured Events & Activities

Take our quiz to see which nanomolecule you are!

Monday (10/9): Celebrate Nano Day by learning more about a special Molecule of the Week!

Monday (10/9) @ 2 ET: Watch a free, live webinar featuring Dr. Teri Odom and learn more about building nanostructures. Register!

Tuesday (10/10): Ask Dr. Warren Chan, quantum dot & metal nanoparticle expert, anything about using nano to combat cancer and infectious diseases. Learn more.

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What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is science, engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale, about 1 to 100 nanometers. How small is that? Pretty small: a single sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick!

At the nano level, scientists and engineers look to control individual atoms and molecules to do some pretty amazing things. Right now, researchers are using nanotechnology to push boundaries and solve major challenges in energy, health, materials science and more. Use these resources to learn more about nanotechnology and what it means for our future.

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Podcasts

World’s Tiniest ‘Monster Truck’ Reveals Surprising Discovery

A New Way to Diagnose Prenatal Conditions

Fighting Back Against Cancer

Electronics from Paper

Using nano to improve mammograms

Nano applications fight allergies


Classroom Resources 

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National Historic Chemical Landmarks

Journals

Articles

ACS works with Editors to create online collections of previously published research on areas of current scientific interest. The collections are designed not only for experienced investigators but also as a tool to teach students about the diverse areas of the chemical sciences. Check out some of our collections on nanotechnology!

Want More?
Visit our ACS Axial blog for a handpicked collection of open access papers from our journals ACS Nano and Nano Letters.

Policy

Careers

It is estimated that by 2020, 2 million workers in the U.S. will have nanotechnology-related jobs, and the U.S. market value of products using nanotechnology will be $1 trillion, or 5% of the GDP.

College to Career: Find out how to get a job in nanochemistry.


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Nanotech in the News


Up-to-the-minute news about nanoscience and nanotechnology, brought to you by our weekly magazine Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).


Image Gallery

Infographic: Everyday Uses of Nanotechnology
A look at various consumer products that utilize nanotechnology and the chemistry behind them.

Nano Bible
Measuring in at 20 nm thick and 0.04 mm² in area, the world’s smallest Bible can only be read with a microscope.

The Littlest Flash Drive
Memory devices like this one use single atoms to store bits of data, making them 500 times more efficient than current commercial hard drives.

All That Glitters
Nanoscale structures interfere with light, a phenomenon called structural color.  As water evaporates, the structures - and resulting colors - change.

Supressing Leukemia Proliferation
Chimeric nanoparticles fight leukemia by simultaneously inactivating a pro-survival protein and inducing a cell death-promoting protein in the target cell.

 

Silver Branches
Tiny silver "branches", known as fractal dendrites, can be used as the conductive part of the delicate circuits required for flexible electronics.

Acoustic Protein Nanostructures
Gas vesicles are gas-filled nanostructures.  They scatter sound waves and have customizable shells, making them potential ultrasound contrast agents.

Tiny Turtle
This happy, 9-μm-wide turtle is made from a titanium carbide (Ti3C2) MXene particle.

Cancer Cell Deformability and Proliferation
Researchers have used 3D nanoprinted arcs to study how metastatic cancer cells squeeze through small spaces to invade new tissues.