GLOSSARY: Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology, also referred to as "nanotech", is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. It deals with structures sized between 1 to 100 nanometer in at least one dimension, and involves developing materials or devices within that size. Nanotechnology is very diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale to investigating whether we can directly control matter on the atomic scale.