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What is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology (nanotechnologies) means different things to different people. Research groups, industrialists and government agencies are looking to find a common definition to describe and accurately define nanotechnology, but it is a difficult discussion as nanotechnology is multidisciplinary and is being developed within diverse industry fields for use in products for life sciences, consumer goods, agriculture and defence applications.
Here are some definitions to consider:
What is Nanotechnology? (Nanotechnologies)
"Nanoscience and nanotechnologies involve studying and working with matter on an ultra-small scale. One nanometre is one-millionth of a millimetre and a single human hair is around 80,000 nanometres in width. The technology stretches across the whole spectrum of science, touching medicine, physics, engineering and chemistry."
The Royal Society www.nanotec.org.uk
"Nanotechnology is an emergent area that is developing quickly. It is the branch of science and engineering that studies and exploits the unique behaviour of materials at a scale of approximately 1-100 nanometres.
The British Standards Institution 2009 http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/Browse-by-Subject/Nanotechnology
"Nanotechnology is the set of technologies that enables the manipulation, study or exploitation of very small (typically less than 100 nanometres) structures and systems. Nanotechnology contributes to novel materials, devices and products that have qualitatively different properties. Its advances have the potential to affect virtually every area of economic activity and aspect of daily life."
"Nanotechnology is an area which has highly promising prospects for turning fundamental research into successful innovations. Not only to boost the competitiveness of our industry but also to create new products that will make positive changes in the lives of our citizens, be it in medicine, environment, electronics or any other field."
European Commissioner for Science & Research, Janez Potočnik http://cordis.europa.eu/nanotechnology/