Nanotechnology has been applied since the time of ancient Greece.  Our ability to observe, measure, control, and modify in this size realm is of recent development.  The ability to work with nanomaterials has opened up numerous possibilities with both proponents and opponents of various developments.  This blog is directed at providing information and not judgments on nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology normally refers to the size of the material being considered.  Nano is a modifier that is employed to indicate 10^-9, or one billionth of the object in question.  A nanometer (nm) is one billionth of a meter.  A 1/2 in marble is approximately one billionth of the size of our world.  How the modifier is employed makes a difference.  Actually, the term “nanosafety” means one billionth safety, which is not very safe.  The appropriate use in talking about safety with nano is either “nanotechnology safety” or a shorter “nano-safety”.

About Walt

I have been involved in various aspects of nanotechnology since the late 1970s. My interest in promoting nano-safety began in 2006 and produced a white paper in 2007 explaining the four pillars of nano-safety. I am a technology futurist and is currently focused on nanoelectronics, single digit nanomaterials, and 3D printing at the nanoscale. My experience includes three startups, two of which I founded, 13 years at SEMATECH, where I was a Senior Fellow of the technical staff when I left, and 12 years at General Electric with nine of them on corporate staff. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from James Madison University, and a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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