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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Regeneron Science Talent Search

Society for Science and the Public

Up to $250,000 November 07, 2024 See Details
 

Regeneron Science Talent Search

Society for Science and the Public

award

Up to $250,000

deadline

November 07, 2024
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Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $65,000 November 01, 2024 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $65,000

deadline

November 01, 2024
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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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Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2025
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Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2025
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Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2025
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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

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ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship

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

$12,500 December 01, 2024 See Details
 

ASHRAE Presidents Scholarship

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

award

$12,500

deadline

December 01, 2024
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Alice P. Gast STEM Scholarship

Lehigh University

$12,500 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Alice P. Gast STEM Scholarship

Lehigh University

award

$12,500

deadline

January 01, 2025
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BrandSource x Foster Love Scholarship

Foster Love

Up to $11,000 Varies See Details
 

BrandSource x Foster Love Scholarship

Foster Love

award

Up to $11,000

deadline

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