The AZoNano.com "Nanotech Thought Leaders" series is a collection of articles that cover the key technology areas where Nanotechnology is making an impact and where it will make an increasing impact. All the articles are written by experts who have been invited as recognised leaders in their fields to provide a "state of the art" contribution.
Attention to possible risks to human health and environment along with other public concerns about social and ethical issues is essential for responsible development of new technologies.
A nanostructured material is nowadays a broad term used to refer to materials that have been either patterned or have structural features in the nanometer (nm) scale.
Although various DNA biosensing techniques have been developed, the demand for higher throughput and sensitivity methods is ever increasing.
Whilst many celebrate the amazing properties these novel materials can bring to technological applications, others fear we may be opening a modern Pandora's box.
Nanotechnology has come to symbolize the next industrial revolution in America. The opportunities to reduce the scale of products, to make materials lighter and stronger, and to design machines that perform useful functions on the micrometer and smaller scale seem endless.
Single molecule electronics is a research field focusing on the study of electron transfer through single molecules. One of the long-term goals is to develop devices with functional units defined by the single molecule.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology is recognized as the key strategy to improve conventional and develop new membrane technologies by exploring novel nanomaterials and nano-scale processes.
One of the challenges in tissue engineering applications is to preserve cells normal physical activities on synthetic scaffolds and maintain tissue-specific function.
The development of microarrays for analysis and manipulation of cells or viruses has attracted considerable interest from both researchers and biomedical related industry.
The next generation of solar cells will be light, flexible, attractive and most importantly, cheap, because they will be made from organic (plastic) materials. Their flexible lightweight properties will enable them to be deployed over a wide range of new applications.