Nanotechnology—1 nano, or nanometer, is one billionth of a meter—is sometimes referred to as a general-purpose technology because it’s used in so many applications, including medicine and the automobile, cosmetics, and electronics industries. It’s a multidisciplinary science that looks at how matter can be manipulated at the molecular and atomic levels to make things cheaper, cleaner, safer, stronger, or smarter.
This special issue of The Institute has been put together with assistance from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. The stories below explore the work of several IEEE members and groups that are leading the way in this growing field.
IEEE is a major player in this arena. The IEEE Big Data Initiative, launched in June under the Future Directions Committee— the organization’s R&D arm—is working not only to advance technologies that support and make sense of the growing mountains of data, but also to ensure that the information remains secure.
Members are working on ways to make water potable
Nanosensors can detect odors from melanoma
Nanoparticles are found in many household products
Many household items contain nanomaterials
Your questions on tiny technology answered all month long
Upcoming IEEE events cover topics related to nanotechnology
A website and several IEEE journals help demystify nanotech
This interdisciplinary group focuses on advancing the field
Four focus on electrical applications of nanomaterials
Free e-books cover applications of nanotechnology
Creating new materials to manipulate light
Career and education
Spotlight on a career in nanotechnology