Major Manufacturing Advances at a Very Small Scale
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across a range of science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
At the nanoscale (10-9 meter) – 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a piece of paper – everyday materials behave differently, exhibiting unique characteristics like high strength, better conductivity, increased chemical reactivity, and more.
The Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) “nanomanufacturing” portfolio focuses on harnessing these properties to dramatically reduce energy use and increase performance of materials, structures, devices, and finished goods – supporting emerging disruptive technologies that bolster the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.
CLICK HERE to view images from AMO’s portfolio captured beyond the power of the human eye to show how this tiny technology is shaping big manufacturing breakthroughs.
AMO Principal Investigator Dr. Reza Moheimani Honored with ASME’s 2020 Charles Stark Innovative Practice Award
Congratulations to nanotechnology expert and University of Texas at Dallas professor Dr. Reza Moheimani for winning the prestigious 2020 Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award. With the Advanced Manufacturing Office Dr. Moheimani develops enabling technologies for atomically precise manufacturing, a type of 3D printing at the atomic scale that could enable next-generation quantum computers.
Read more about Dr. Moheimani and his recent award HERE.
Size of Nanoscale
The illustration below has three visual examples of the size and the scale of nanotechnology, showing just how small things at the nanoscale actually are.