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 Lab scientist 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 .