Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology. A more generalized description of nanotechnology was subsequently established by the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers. This definition reflects the fact that quantum mechanical effects are important at this quantum-realm scale, and so the definition shifted from a particular technological goal to a research category inclusive of all types of research and technologies that deal with the special properties of matter which occur below the given size threshold. It is therefore common to see the plural form "nanotechnologies" as well as "nanoscale technologies" to refer to the broad range of research and applications whose common trait is size. Because of the variety of potential applications (including industrial and military), governments have invested billions of dollars in nanotechnology research. Through 2012, the USA has invested $3.7 billion using its National Nanotechnology Initiative, the European Union has invested $1.2 billion, and Japan has invested $750 million.

Nanotechnology as defined by size is naturally very broad, including fields of science as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, energy storage, microfabrication, molecular engineering, etc. The associated research and applications are equally diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale to direct control of matter on the atomic scale.

Scientists currently debate the future implications of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology may be able to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, biomaterials energy production, and consumer products. On the other hand, nanotechnology raises many of the same issues as any new technology, including concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials, and their potential effects on global economics, as well as speculation about various doomsday scenarios. These concerns have led to a debate among advocacy groups and governments on whether special regulation of nanotechnology is warranted.

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Scholarships for Nanotechnology Majors

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

award

Up to $30,000

deadline

Varies
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Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

award

$20,500

deadline

Varies
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SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

award

$10,000

deadline

Varies
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Crown Castle Opportunity Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

Up to $10,000 September 06, 2022 See Details
 

Crown Castle Opportunity Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

September 06, 2022
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ACI Foundation Fellowship Program

American Concrete Institute ConREF

Up to $15,000 November 01, 2022 See Details
 

ACI Foundation Fellowship Program

American Concrete Institute ConREF

award

Up to $15,000

deadline

November 01, 2022
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Wilma Davis Memorial STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$5,000 August 15, 2022 See Details
 

Wilma Davis Memorial STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

$5,000

deadline

August 15, 2022
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Goddard Family Scholarship

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University

Up to $4,750 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Goddard Family Scholarship

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University

award

Up to $4,750

deadline

February 01, 2023
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Georgia Power Foundation Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

Up to $4,000 August 11, 2022 See Details
 

Georgia Power Foundation Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

Up to $4,000

deadline

August 11, 2022
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ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers (ASHRAE)

$3,000 December 01, 2022 See Details
 

ASHRAE Region III Setty Family Foundation Scholarship

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers (ASHRAE)

award

$3,000

deadline

December 01, 2022
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Alfred Steele Engineering Scholarship

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Up to $3,000 January 31, 2023 See Details
 

Alfred Steele Engineering Scholarship

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

award

Up to $3,000

deadline

January 31, 2023
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