Outline of Nanotechnology
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Outline of Nanotechnology

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to nanotechnology:

Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.

Branches of nanotechnology

  • Green nanotechnology - use of nanotechnology to enhance the environmental-sustainability of processes currently producing negative externalities. It also refers to the use of the products of nanotechnology to enhance sustainability.
  • Nanoengineering - practice of engineering on the nanoscale.
  • Wet nanotechnology - involves working up to large masses from small ones.

Multi-disciplinary fields that include nanotechnology

  • Nanobiotechnology - intersection of nanotechnology and biology.[1]
  • Ceramic engineering - science and technology of creating objects from inorganic, non-metallic materials.
  • Materials science - interdisciplinary field applying the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering. It investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties.
    • Nanoarchitectonics - arranging nanoscale structural units, which are usually a group of atoms or molecules, in an intended configuration.
  • Molecular engineering

Contributing fields


  • Nanoelectronics - use of nanotechnology on electronic components, including transistors so small that inter-atomic interactions and quantum mechanical properties need to be studied extensively.
  • Nanomechanics - branch of nanoscience studying fundamental mechanical (elastic, thermal and kinetic) properties of physical systems at the nanometer scale.
  • Nanophotonics - study of the behavior of light on the nanometer scale.

Other contributing fields

Risks of nanotechnology

Implications of nanotechnology

Applications of nanotechnology


  • Nanomaterials - field that studies materials with morphological features on the nanoscale, and especially those that have special properties stemming from their nanoscale dimensions.

Fullerenes and carbon forms

Fullerene - any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid, or tube. Fullerene spheres and tubes have applications in nanotechnology.

Nanoparticles and colloids

Nanoparticle -


Nanomedicine -

Molecular self-assembly

Molecular self-assembly -


Nanoelectronics -

Molecular electronics

Molecular electronics -


Nanolithography -

Molecular nanotechnology

Molecular nanotechnology -


Microscopes and other devices

Microscopy -

Notable organizations in nanotechnology

List of nanotechnology organizations


Advocacy and information groups


  • Cerion, Nanoparticles (US)
  • OCSiAl, Carbon Nanotubes (Luxembourg)

Notable figures in nanotechnology

See also

Further reading


  1. ^ Ehud Gazit, Plenty of room for biology at the bottom: An introduction to bionanotechnology. Imperial College Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-86094-677-6
  2. ^ Auplat, Claire (2012). "The challenges of nanotechnology policy making - Part 1". Global Policy. 3 (4): 492-500. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2011.00159.x. 
  3. ^ Auplat, Claire (2013). "The challenges of nanotechnology policy making - Part 2". Global Policy. 4 (1): 101-107. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2011.00160.x. 

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