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 on this page to learn more about nanotechnology and what it means for our future.
Constructing the Nanoworld - Progress and Challenges in Material Design
Wednesday October 9, 2019 10:00 AM ET
ACS Publications is thrilled to join the worldwide scientific community in celebrating this year's National Nanotechnology Day. This annual initiative, launched in 2016, raises awareness of the prominent role nanoscience plays in our daily lives as well as the current limitations and promising, foreseeable applications for the future.
As has become our tradition, we will be hosting a free National Nanotechnology Day webinar. This year, we highlight the many applications and varieties of nanomaterials that are currently being researched around the globe. Our world-renowned experts will describe some of the latest developments in biomedical applications, synthesis, and additive manufacturing of nanomaterials. They will also discuss the current state of the ever-expanding field of nanoscience and give insight into the challenges that lie ahead.
ACS National Meetings bring together thousands of chemists from around the world to present their work. Check out some of the lectures on nanotechnology.
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 ChemClub: Materials and Nanotechnology
- ChemMatters: Nanotechnology’s Big Impact (PDF)
- ChemMatters: Open for Discussion- Nanoparticles
- Discovery of Fullerenes Lesson Plan
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 articles and collections on nanotechnology!
- Seeking to boost oil production, petroleum researchers turn to nanotech
- Nanoparticle mouthwash could prevent tooth decay
- Carbon nanotube net could extend battery lifetimes
- Delivering DNA on the tips of nanospears
- Nanosurfactants create droplet-sized reaction flasks
- Nanoreactors: Small Spaces, Big Implications in Chemistry
- Environmental Nanotoxicology
- Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture
- Nanomaterials for Analysis
- Nano Day 2017: Celebrating Nano Across ACS
- Nano Day: Celebrating the Next Decade of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (October 7, 2016)
A white paper offering nanotechnology policy context and advice and a look forward to the next decade for this cutting edge science.
- Nanotechnology and Lightweighting: Advancing Energy Efficiency (September 27, 2016)
Videos from a congressional briefing highlighting developments in nanotechnology and materials research that enable products to achieve the same or superior strength with less bulky designs.
- Nanotechnology Education for the Global World: Training the Leaders of Tomorrow (June 16, 2016)
Proposes a learning design framework to promote the next generation of nanoscientists. Prominent among these are the abilities to communicate and to work across and between conventional disciplines.
- Nantechnology: The Promises and Pitfalls of Science at the Nanoscale (December 2015)
A white paper examining the emerging science, applications, and controversies of chemistry at the nanometer scale.
- Grand Challenges for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (July 20, 2015)
Editorial on how advances in the field will enable the nano community to spearhead many discoveries and translational efforts in S&T that can serve humanity’s current and future needs.
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.
October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day in honor of the nanometer scale, 10-9 meters. 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.
Learn more and see how ACS celebrated Nano Day 2017.
Federal support is vital to nanotechnology research. The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is responsible for coordinating a $23 billion initiative that spans 20 Federal agencies. Learn more about the NNCO.
World's Smallest Periodic Table
At only 14 by 7 μm, this teeny tiny table was etched on a silicon chip using scanning electron microscopy in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT).
Nanoparticles, in green, were incubated with red blood cells from mice. When reinjected through an arterial catheter, the carrier blood cells accumulate in the nearest organ which could have applications in drug delivery.
This image was the winner of C&EN’s National Nano Day Photo Contest in 2017. Scientists at Wilfrid Laurier University made these flower-shaped silver nanoparticles. Each flower is roughly 300 nm in diameter.
This blue ice crystal is embedded in an aluminum alloy surface that has been laser textured and chemically coated to help create a surface that is resistant to ice coating, making it useful for aviation.
Semiconductor nanoparticle called quantum dots make up this festive tree. By changing the size of the particles which are chemically identical, researchers can modify electronic properties including their color.
Forming Good Habits
Scientists at Merck & Co. in Rahway, N.J., are researching these crystals, which were made by crystallizing the same small-molecule drug candidate yet have noticeably different shapes, or crystal habits.
(Really) Tiny House
Jean-Yves Rauch and colleagues at FEMTO-ST Institute constructed this 15-μm-tall house out of thin silica membranes. The team used a dual-beam scanning electron microscope and focused ion beam to erect the teeny domicile.