Nanotechnology is the Engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. Physicist Richard Feynman is regarded as the Father of Nanotechnology. The idea of nanotechnology was put out in 1959 in a seminar by Feynman under the head, ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom’, however, back then people weren’t really appreciative of the theory. Later as technology saw unexpected growth, this infamous seminar of Feynman was taken back and published to have a better impact on the audience.
What is Nanotechnology?
It is all about the size, that’s what lays the foundation for the concept of nanotechnology. Anything that consumed a space of one millimeter was given a chance to consume only one-tenth of it, that’s what nanotechnology is. It works at the molecular scale, and the simplest of ways to explain the size of a nanoparticle is to say ‘it is one-tenth of a millimeter.’ The New-Age science is all about using complex mechanisms to make things compact, and you can simply do it with the help of nanotechnology. The simplest definition of nanotechnology is that ‘it is the science of manipulating materials on the atomic scale to build microscopic devices like the robot.
Uses of Nanotechnology:
- Nanotechnology can serve the purpose in of fields like Medicine, Electronics, food, fuel cells, batteries, Space and so on. It can help physicists clean water and air. So how do they exactly clean air? They might not actually be able to clean the already polluted air that has mixed with the environment. Instead, with the help of nanoparticle, the polluted air or simply smoke that are contained inside vehicle, machines and other industrial goods can be cleaned before they are let out into the open space.
- This is one example of what nanoparticles can do. They can address the shortage of fossil fuels. When nanotechnology is employed in the making of solar, it can reduce the making cost which is way less than the conventional cost
- As far the medical field is concerned the researchers are developing customized nanoparticles that can deliver drugs to the damaged cells. However, the methods are yet to be perfected.
- Use of nanotechnology in food can not only make the food tastier but a lot healthier.
Nanotechnology seems to be a promising entrant in the field of science. But it has not taken complete control of things so far. Most of the areas where nanotechnology is currently employed are running trial versions to find out the uses of nanotechnology and its impact in the long run. So we will have to wait for a while to thoroughly understand the nuances of nanotechnology.