The building blocks of nanotechnology are amazingly small considering a nanometer is only one-billionth of a meter … but their potential to profoundly impact our lives is huge. And, as research and development on their applications continue, there is a promising future for those with the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale.
Today, because of the strength it adds to composite materials, nanotechnology is used in many commercial products including tennis rackets, bicycles and baseball bats. And, coating everyday products such as eyeglasses and clothing with nanomaterials makes them more durable and easy to care for. In manufacturing, the use of nanotechnology allows for a more efficient process, cutting down on waste products and saving energy. Perhaps one of the most exciting advances is its use in the medical field treating cancer, making medical imaging devices more efficient and its potential for removing obstructions in the circulatory system.