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Periodic Table of Nanoparticles

By Larry Bell on December 7, 2010 | Log in to view or post comments

The focus of today's sessions at NSF's meeting of nanoscale science and engineering grantees focuses on putting the science to practical use. First up this morning is nanomanufacturing. Mark Tuonimen from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst gave a talk about the Nanoscale Manufacturing Network and one of his images caught my imagination. This image, which comes from the draft Nano2 vision document on the next decade of nanoscale research, illustrates and idea that is sometimes referred to as a periodic table of nanoparticles.

A periodic table of nanoparticles needs to be three-dimensional because the chemical composition, the shape, and the size are all variables that create substances with different properties. The idea for nanomanufacturing is that these components are available building blocks for manufacturing devices and materials at the nanoscale.

 

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Larry Bell is VP of Strategic Initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston and PI for the NISE Network.