Manipulating Matter on a Molecular Scale
Nanotechnology=the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale
DOE scientists are working to identify immediate and future ways to utilize this precision science.
Check out Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: From Energy Applications to Advanced Medical Therapies, a video discussion of why nanotechnology is important and how it is useful in various fields, from Dr. Tijana Rajh at Fermilab.
Then watch Nanoscience at Work, Creating Energy from Sunlight, from Paul Alivisatos, Berkeley Labscientist and an authority on artificial nanostructure synthesis.
In one way current nanotechnology resembles the laser technology of the mid-20thcentury—few present uses but extreme promise, if the technical obstacles can be overcome. Recent patents available through the OSTI DOepatents database provide a sample of both the potential and the challenges of making use of nanotechnology. Read more.