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Imagine something that is so small you can fit millions of them on a pinhead – now you’re starting to think the way a nanotechnology scientist has to.

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is the art of working with very small things measured in units called nanometers. One nanometre is one billionth of a metre. This small scale enables scientists to build devices and materials with atoms and molecules so that they are built and re-organised with great accuracy and efficiency. Tiny programmed robot arms build things one molecule at a time.

As nanotechnology advances we’ll eventually be able to create more efficient materials and objects of virtually any size, shape and material. By building things on such a tiny scale, less materials are used and there is less pollution in manufacturing. It’s possible too to create materials that are stronger, lighter and more fuel efficient. Nanotechnology could also increase the speed of memory chips, remove pollution particles in water and air and find cancer cells quicker. Nanotechnology could hold the key to quicker computers, a cleaner environment and better health.

Where to from here?

There are many sources of information on nanotechnology available on the Internet. Use a search engine to help you locate them. Some universities in Australia are also offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in nanotechnology.





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