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