Synthesis and Characteristics of Nanomaterials
As scientific inquiries in nanoscience progress, the opportunity for nanotechnology breakthroughs continue to expand. The smaller the technology-whether a memory chip for a supercomputer or a tiny machine racing through the body to detect cancer-the greater the chance for a large societal impact.
At Georgia Tech, expert researchers are already pushing the early frontiers of nanoscience and nanotechnology research, studying how materials 50,000 times smaller than the width of a single strand of human hair can be manipulated to produce inventive products that help humanity.
In order to produce faster, cheaper, more efficient, sustainable products, Georgia Tech researchers conscientiously study the characteristics of nanomaterials. Materials at the nanoscale do not always behave as expected and nanomaterials differ from larger materials not just in size, but in surface/interface-to-volume ratio and grain shapes, which are the origins of their unique electrical, optical, thermodynamic, mechanical, and chemical properties.
Because of these unique properties, many scientists believe that nanomaterials hold the key to significant future advances in a wide range of miniaturized consumer products such as miniaturized computer chips, nanoscale sensors, and devices for sorting DNA molecules, including products that are reliant on synthesized nanomaterials and their integration with microsystems and biotechnology.
To harness the power of materials at the nanoscale, Georgia Tech researchers rely on a variety of groundbreaking methods. From Chemistry and Biochemistry Regents Professor Mostafa El-Sayed's laser-based inquiries, Georgia Tech researchers are contributing to the world's understanding of nanoscience study and emerging nanotechnologies.