What nanotech research would you like to know about?

Written by Mark Mackay

August 26, 2009 // 8:14 a.m.

Tags: #computing #feature #nano-computing #nanotech

Most tech enthusiasts will be familiar with the word nanotechnology but for those that aren’t, here’s an outline, because I'm sure you'll find it a fascinating topic. The term ‘nano’ it means ‘tiny’ or ‘minute’ - a nanometre is one millionth of a mm.

Nanotechnology generally refers to any technology that is on a scale of nanometres and often involves manipulating matter on an atomic or molecular scale. I'm going to be writing a feature on it over the next month or so, and I'm after your suggestions of specific projects to look at.
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Research has been going on in this area for many years, but there have been a few very exciting developments recently - in fact we might just be on the brink of a nanotechnology revolution. This promises hefty ramifications for computing - think super-fast self-assembling processors for starters. It seems like a great time to write about the topic.

What nanotech research would you like to know about?
Nanotech has the potential to get so small, we could make robots apply medicine to us on a cellular level

Despite concerning tiny inventions, nanotech is a field of epic proportions. Websites such as Nanowerk report on the onslaught of nanotech advancements much in the same way bit-tech does hardware and game advancements, and big companies such as IBM aren't shy about announcing their achievements, but I'm just as interested in spotlighting smaller, less well known projects.

I've got a good few weeks to research the piece to do my own reading, and I've been following the field for the last few months, but if you’ve seen any cool nanotech stuff on your internet browsing eTravels that you thought looked especially awesome, let me know. Ideally it will be computer-related and the more fantastical, the better.

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