Resources for a Tiny Technology

A website and several IEEE journals help demystify nanotech

6 December 2013

A number of IEEE offerings not only explain the basics of nanotechnology but also cover the latest advances in the field.

If you’re looking for a primer, check out, a four-year-old website developed by the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and IEEE Educational Activities. Launched in conjunction with IBM and the New York Hall of Science, it’s aimed at students, parents, teachers, school counselors, and anyone else wishing to get up to speed on the subject. The site provides a nanotechnology overview that spells out the related scientific disciplines. It also describes how the field evolved and where it’s headed, as well as its implications for society. The site includes a glossary of more than 60 terms.

The downloadable lesson plans for preuniversity teachers on this site feature hands-on activities that explain just how small the nanoscale is. Each lesson provides background information, a list of materials needed, step-by-step instructions, and student worksheets.

For students wishing to pursue a degree, the site lists universities offering nanotechnology programs, including schools in Australia, Canada, India, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

And to get an idea of what it’s like to work in the field, there are interviews with nearly 30 leading experts as well as a list of organizations, like Drexel University, IBM Research, and the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, that are, as noted on the website, at the forefront of nanoscale work.


IEEE Transactions on Nano­tech­nology publishes novel and important results in nanoscale engineering. Covering the physical basis and engineering applications of nanotech across all areas of science and engineering, the journal focuses on nanoscale devices, systems, materials, and applications and on their underlying science.

IEEE Transactions on Nano­Bioscience reports on original, innovative, and interdisciplinary work on molecular and cellular systems and tissues, including molecular electronics. Journal papers deal with engineering, physics, chemistry, and computer science, as well as biology and medicine.

IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine publishes articles aimed at a broad audience. It covers industry news, research, education, and policy, and it includes tutorials, surveys, opinion pieces, book reviews, and patent summaries.

A number of IEEE nanotechnology e-newsletters provide information on funding opportunities, events, developments in nanomaterials, nanoprocessing techniques, and nanotechnology products and applications.

For more information about the publications, visit the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

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