About Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Nanoscience first captured the world's attention when Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman delivered his famous 1959 speech "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." In the nearly half a century since Feynman advocated widespread nanoscale research, scientists have begun to understand that, just as Feynman predicted, there is plenty of research room at the bottom of the atomic world in a tiny universe so small that new methods for viewing it are still being discovered.
Since Feynman's scientific call to action, nanoscience and nanotechnology have evolved into a revolutionary area of technology-based research, opening the door to precise engineering on the atomic scale and affecting everything from healthcare to the environment.
Nanoscience education leads to nanotechnology, the manipulation of nanometer-length atoms, molecules, and supramolecular structures in order to generate larger structures with superior features. Because all natural materials and systems exist at a nanoscale level, nanotechnology impacts a variety of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, medicine, engineering, and computer simulation.
Nanoscience study and nanotechnology research continue to steadily grow around the world as both academics and industry professionals investigate new ways of making improved products more efficiently. As research in this field grows, so do nanotechnology-related jobs in the engineering and biomedical fields. In the next century, nanoscience and nanotechnology will emerge as a strategic branch of science and engineering, fundamentally restructuring technologies used for manufacturing, medicine, defense, energy production, environmental management, transportation, communication, computation, and education.
Tech's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is already capitalizing on these trends, drawing in experts from across Tech's campus, and high-profile sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Army Research Office, as well as numerous business and industry sponsors. Areas of research include sensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanophotonics, bioelectronics, molecular diagnostics, nanomedicine, and drug delivery.
As nanoscience and nanotechnology continue to evolve, Georgia Tech will continue to lead the way to the future of science and engineering, employing new ways of thinking about our world one nanometer at a time.