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ENGRI111_1 - ENGRI 111 Nanotechnology Overview WHAT IS NANO...

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    ENGRI 111 Nanotechnology Overview
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    WHAT IS NANO? “nano” – prefix means one billionth Human hair ~ 50,000 nm across Smallest features on a commercial microchip are 100 nm Smallest things seeable with unaided eye are 10,000 nm Ten hydrogen atoms make 1 nm
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    WHY CARE ABOUT NANO? Littleword with big potential Speculation about a revolutionary shift in scienceand engineering Next Industrial Revolution? Implications in ethics, economics, day-to-day life Panacea for all ills? Next step in biological & chemical warfare? Opportunity to createnext species to replacehumanity?
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    FACTS ABOUT NANO 100s M in research from federal gov/industry Major universities across the world are investing on nanotech Across many disciplines Engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, computer science
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    FACTS ABOUT NANO Nano is big business 1T market by 2015 Fastest-growing industry in history Larger than telecom & IT combined (1998) Private spending on nano Bs Priority for IBM Intel HP Start-ups
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