Are we there yet? The road to a technology based on nanoscience.
Teri W. Odom, Northwestern University
Nanotechnology encompasses the science and applications of new materials with at least one dimension less than 100 nm. Structures at these sizes exhibit extraordinary properties that are not found in their bulk counterparts. The promise of these small structures to revolutionize applications ranging from electronics to communication has resulted in intense interest worldwide—and which included federal funding for nanotechnology nearly a decade ago. This talk will describe the potential and reality of nanotechnology from a historical perspective to its current state. We will focus on (1) the fact, fiction, and hype around nanoscience; (2) the scientific breakthroughs and expanding scope of nanoscale systems; and (3) the impact of nanoscience on emerging applications in energy, medicine, and the environment.
1. Scientific American, September 2001