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Welcome to the Publications Database. This database includes NNI publications and brochures, workshop and technical reports, PowerPoint presentations and slides from workshops, and a variety of additional resources. You can search one of two ways: 1) Click the quick links below for some of the more popular searches; or 2) Check one or more boxes from the list of parameters in the search engine below and click the search button. All search results are in chronological order.  

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The documents in this database that were published by the NNI are the work of the U.S. Government and are in the public domain. Subject to the stipulations below, they may be distributed and copied without acknowledgement to NNCO. Copyrights to contributed materials and graphics that may be included in these documents are reserved by original copyright holders or their assignees and are used here under the Government's license and by permission. Requests to use any images must be made to the provider indentified in the image credits, or to the NNCO if no provider is identified.

Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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