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The science and study of creating and manipulating objects on an atomic scale

For a history of nanotechnology, see the main Nanotechnology article.

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A Philips EM 430 Transmission Electron Microscope- Image by Kristen Molhave and The Open Source Handbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


  • Bionanotechnology - also called nanobiotechnology or nanobiology, terms which all describe the intersection of nanotechnology and biology
  • Molecular computing - computing which uses molecules to carry information instead of silicon-based technologies, usually biologically derived molecules like DNA
  • Molecular electronics - also called moletronics, the study and application of molecular building blocks for the fabrication of electronic components
  • Nanobioscience - the application of nanoscale scientific concepts to the study of biological structures and systems
  • Nanoelectronics - the use of nanotechnology on electronic components, most often transistors
  • Nanofabrication - the design and manufacturing of devices with dimensions measured in nanometers
  • Nanofluidics - the study of fluids that are confined to the scale of nanometers
  • Nanopatterning - the inherent structures of particles at a nanometer level that can be used to create self-assembling nanostructures
  • Nanoscale devices - devices whose size can be measured in nanometers
  • Nanostructured materials - materials whose structure is assembled at the level of nanometers
  • Nanostructures - an object of intermediate size between molecular and microscopic
  • Self-assembly - where a disorganized system with pre-existing components forms an organized structure as a result of specific, local interactions of the components