Tiny science. Giant potenial
A vital 21st century technology, nanotechnology has been called the Industrial Revolution 2.0. Essentially, it is a new manufacturing process that involves designing, engineering and building things from the ground up, the ‘molecular ground.’ With this technology we have the power to control shape and size at nanoscale. Nanotechnology involves materials, chemicals, devices and structures at the tiniest scale--between .01 nanometers to about 100 nanometers. For perspective, 1 nanometer is about 100,00X smaller that the width of a human hair.
Will change our world
With its infinite potential, nanotechnology is expected to help tackle many of the challenges facing us and our world. It will also drive and enable the coming technology revolution through the creation of new materials, technologies and products that will change our world, but soon become commonplace just like our smartphones are today--they were futuristic about 15-20 years ago
Moving atoms to make new materials
Our experts are helping drive drive and build that future through nanotechnology. Working at the nano scale, our researchers create new catalysts, construction materials, superconductors, and biomaterials, by synthesizing new molecules to enable sustainable energy and electronic components, fuel and solar cells, and next-gen quantum computers. These discoveries and innovations will help improve our lives and our world, create opportunities and transform many areas including health, medicine, energy, the environment, agriculture, manufacturing.
Our nanotech discoveries and innovations happen through collaboration and leveraging our expertise across different research areas physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, nanoscience and health While our nanotechnologists are designing and building in these areas, our social scientists will help identify, examine and address potential socioeconomic impacts and other impacts that could result.
Nanotechnology is singularly dependent upon expensive and highly specialized and advanced research equipment to fabricate, manipulate and characterize nanoscale systems. UAlberta is home to some of the best and most advanced nanotechnology facilities and equipment in Canada, including the nanoFAB,