What is

Nano is mentioned by characters in popular movies like Minority Report and Spiderman. It's been in the news with increasing regularity. Scientists around the world are focusing their research at the nanoscale. Nano mania seems to be flourishing everywhere, but what is it? This section gives you a non-technical definition of one of the most exciting and promising new arenas in the world today.

The History of Nano

This link will take you to a timeline of historical uses of and advances in nanotechnology from medieval glass to the present. Learn how nanotechnology first impacted human lives and about the advances since then that have enabled our understanding and opened the doors to potential new discoveries.

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This work was supported primarily by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation under NSF Award Number EEC-0118025. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

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