What is nanotechnology?close-up photo of a hair

Nanotechnology involves materials so small (1 to 100 nanometers in size) that they exhibit unique properties. To put the nanoscale size range nanoscale in perspective, a hair is about 50,000 nanometers thick. The goal of nanotechnology research is to understand the unique properties of nanosized particles and use that knowledge to create new, high-performance materials, devices, and processes.

What is the significance of nanotechnology?

Larry DrzalAccording to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, "Nanoscience and nanoengineering are leading to unprecedented understanding of the fundamental building blocks of all physical things. These developments are likely to change the way almost everything -- from vaccines to computers to automobile tires to objects not yet imagined -- is designed and made."

How is MSU participating in nanotechnology research and education?

MSU's nanotechnology research enterprise is providing exciting advances in key areas, including life sciences, electronics, advanced materials, and energy. This website showcases MSU's nanotechnology-related research programs, facilities, centers, and educational opportunities and describes opportunities for collaboration with MSU scientists and engineers. It also provides a variety of other useful and interesting information related to nanotechnology.

For more information, check out the following websites:

Composite Materials & Structures Center

Environmental Nanotechnology Research Group

XG Sciences