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What is Nanotechnology

4th March 2020

The word ‘Nano’ comes from the Greek word meaning “dwarf”. Whilst experts sometimes disagree about what constitutes the nanoscale, nanotechnology means anything measuring between 1 and 100 nm. Larger than that is the microscale, and smaller than that is the atomic scale.

Nanotechnology takes many forms and involves developments in many different areas. In all instances though, it’s concerned with the creation of nano layers, nano-particles, or nano “devices”. Our coatings have dimensions that are measured in billionths of a metre.

Our nanotech coatings create a seamless bond that is impenetrable by liquids and will protect the surface from dirt, bacteria, corrosion and decay.

The ideas and concepts behind nanoscience and nanotechnology began with a talk by physicist Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) on December 29, 1959. It was over 10 years later when Professor Norio Taniguchi coined the term nanotechnology. It wasn't until 1981, with the development of the scanning tunneling microscope that could "see" individual atoms, that modern nanotechnology as we know it today began.

By manipulating molecules to form particular shapes, we can build materials with amazing properties. This means that nanotechnology can be applied in all walks of life; from medical and industrial uses to commercial products.