Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Areas
Like many future areas of scientific exploration, nanoscience and nanotechnology exist on the borders between disciplines. No longer is research conducted in a neat, compartmentalized fashion that closely parallels the structure of academic departments. Nanoscience and nanotechnology bring together students, researchers, and industrial partners from a host of different specialized fields.
At Georgia Tech, the Schools of Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute are collectively involved in interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology that encompass five major areas:
The study of innovative ways to synthesize materials using nanomaterials' unique properties provides a strong basis for important nanoscience and nanotechnology breakthroughs. From inquiries into the properties of gold quantum dots to revolutionary work with carbon nanotubes, Georgia Tech researchers are focused on uncovering the unique properties of nanomaterials that are the stepping stones to tomorrow's technologies.
Tiny pens with built-in heaters used to write microscopic letters invisible to the naked human eye, lasers blinking at speeds a million times faster than a camera flash-these are a few of the research tools Georgia Tech scientists use to study the characteristics of nanomaterials in order to harness their power for technological innovations.
Georgia Tech scientists know that small is different. That's why they rely on innovative technological partnerships in diverse fields of study to uncover the secrets of nanomaterials, using computer simulation and imaging procedures to find golden techniques for revolutionizing our world.
Nanoscale particles display a wide range of fascinating electronic, optical, thermal, and reinforcement properties. Georgia Tech researchers are daily investigating nanomaterials' unique characteristics for revolutionary applications in nanodevices, nanophotonics, and nanosystems.
One of the most important areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology study, nanomedicine and nano-biotechnology research continues to dominate inquiries at the nano-scale level. Georgia Tech researchers are on the cutting edge of this important trend, creating innovative systems for drug delivery and cancer detection.