Tiny science thinks big

Fussell, Ellen
June 2004
InTech;Jun2004, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p34
This article focuses on the growth of nanotechnology applications in the U.S. Nanomaterials are perhaps the most mature of applications. Nanomaterials, when added to regular material, can improve its strength and resistance to environmental pollutants. Nanomaterials include nanoparticles in composites or material such as carbon nanotubes. One application includes a television with carbon nanotubes in the display instead of liquid crystal displays used in flat-screen TV and computer monitors. An example of nanoelectronics is computing memory to replace processors and memory. Nanoelectronics will possibly break the constraints of Moore's Law. A few drug companies are investing heavily in drug delivery mechanisms based on nanotechnology. If a person has a tumor he wants to deliver medication to, the nanocarrier of the medications will identify the tumor and focus on delivering medication just to that tumor. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is developing standards to establish fundamental nanotechnology platforms that support the growth sector. One standard is IEEE P1650 or Standards Test Methods for Measurement of Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes. When completed, it will be the first standard to define electrical testing procedures and to suggest characterization tools for carbon nanotubes. INSETS: More on nanotubes;You don't know nano?.


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