Why nanotechnology is important

Nanotechnology is creating a wealth of new materials and manufacturing possibilities, which in turn will profoundly impact our economy, our environment, and our society. Using nanotechnology, researchers and manufacturers can fabricate materials literally molecule-by-molecule. They can harness previously inaccessible properties of matter and “custom design” ultra-precise new structures, devices, and systems with new, unique, and often remarkable properties—such as materials with vastly increased strength, vastly decreased weight, vastly greater electrical connectivity, or the ability to change shape or color on demand. For an idea of the novel properties and uses of nanotechnology, see the National Nanotechnology InitiativeNanoscience Discoveries and nanotechnology in North Carolina's companies and universities.

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