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  1. 1. Nanotechnology Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow March 21, 2008
  2. 2. What Nanotechnology Is… <ul><li>“ Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale .”– </li></ul><ul><li>(What is Nanotechnology?) </li></ul><ul><li>“ To begin, &quot;nano&quot; is actually a prefix that comes from the Greek word for dwarf.”– (Cook) </li></ul><ul><li>1/1,000,000,000 of a meter </li></ul><ul><li>is the size of a nanometer </li></ul>Think about the size of a nanometer for a second…
  3. 4. Nanotechnology Information… <ul><li>Funding for Nanotechnology research has increased, as well as papers published </li></ul><ul><li>“ Interest in clean water research is flowing. And much of it is focused on nanotechnology, which many believe will be a major contributor to new industrial and public water purification systems.” – (NNI) </li></ul>
  4. 5. The History… <ul><li>On December 29, 1959, Richard Feynman was the first scientist to suggest machines at an atomic level. </li></ul>Richard Feynman
  5. 6. The History… <ul><li>Eric Drexler, in 1981, published the article, “Molecular engineering: An approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation” – (Kelty) </li></ul><ul><li>He also published his first book, Engines of Creation, in 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>“ In 1988 he taught the first formal course on nanotechnology while a visiting scholar at Stanford University” – (IEEE) </li></ul><ul><li>Created term “Nanotechnology </li></ul>Eric Drexler
  6. 7. Current Uses… <ul><li>“ Apollo makes real diamonds using nanotechnology.” – (Maney) </li></ul><ul><li>Sunscreens </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs </li></ul><ul><li>“ A study by Lux Research found that 3,800 nanotech patents have been issued so far, and 1,777 more are pending.” – (Maney) </li></ul>
  7. 8. Current Uses… <ul><li>A plastic nanocomposite is being used for “step assists” in the GM Safari and Astro Vans </li></ul><ul><li>Nanocrystals have been shown to be from 100 % to 300% harder than the same materials in bulk form </li></ul><ul><li>Used in antibacterial socks </li></ul><ul><li>Toothpaste also contains nanotechnology </li></ul>
  8. 9. Future Uses… <ul><ul><li>“ Researchers also are working toward engineered nanomaterials for use as artificial tissues that will replace diseased kidneys and livers, and even repair nerve damage.” – (McCarter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More questions than ideas at this point in the game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nanotechnology is still a new discovery </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. What Now… <ul><li>The possibilities are probably endless </li></ul><ul><li>Great caution needs to be taken when dealing with altering the human contents </li></ul><ul><li>Could have great results if handled properly </li></ul><ul><li>Need to keep an open mind </li></ul>
  10. 12. Works Cited <ul><li>&quot;Benefits of Nanotech.&quot; Nanotech Facts . 2008. National Nanotechnology Initiative. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Cook, Kathleen. &quot;The Beginning.&quot; Discover NANO . 2005. Northwestern University. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Feynman, Richard. &quot;There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom.&quot; Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology . 2008. Foresight Nanotech Institute. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Kelty, Christopher. &quot;The Early History of Nanotechnology.&quot; CONNEXIONS . 06 May 2007. CONNEXIONS. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Maney, Kevin. &quot;Nanotechnology's Everywhere.&quot; USA . 2008. USA Today. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Works Cited <ul><li>McCarter, Sharon. &quot;New report explores nanotechnology's future.&quot; Eurek Alert . 23 Apr 2007. Eurek Alert. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;What is Nanotechnology?.&quot; Center for Responsible Nanotechnology . 2008. CRN. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;What is Nanotechnology?.&quot; Nanotechnology . 2008. IOP: Electronic Journals. 22 Mar 2008 <>. </li></ul>
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