Nanotechnology. 14,100. 7,220,000. “It would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap.” http://nanularity.com/default.aspx. y. a 1. a 2. x. SWNT. carbon allotropes.
“It would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap.”
NSF-funded researchers Richard Smalley, Robert Curl (both of Rice University) and Harry Kroto (University of Sussex, UK; non-NSF funded) shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of "buckminsterfullerene." James Heath, then a graduate student at Rice and now a faculty member at UCLA, also played a key role.
Real timeNanotube length = 10 mm
Bulk Gold = Yellow
Nanogold = Red
Why is it so exciting?
Live (green)/Dead (red) assays shows where immunotarged gold nanoshells and a near infrared laser destroyed prostate cancer cells
Radiolarian (amoeboid protozoa)
Optical microscopy image
Electron microscopy image
Why do electron beams give superior resolution to light rays?
Iron atoms on Copper surface
Nobel Laureates (1986) Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Binnig
Nanotechnology is the creation of functional materials, devices, and systems through control of matter on the nanometer length scale, exploiting novel phenomena and properties (physical, chemical, biological) present only at that length scale.
“If I were asked for an area of science and engineering that will most likely produce the breakthroughs of tomorrow, I would point to nanoscale science and engineering.”
University Professor, Rice University
Former NSF Director
Assistant to President Clinton for Science and Technology
CdSe quantum dot, Colvin
Trina Mandel and the TEM
Hollow colloidal ellipses, Colvin