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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HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC.

Up to $25,000 February 04, 2022 See Details
 

HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC.

award

Up to $25,000

deadline

February 04, 2022
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Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

$25,000 March 24, 2022 See Details
 

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

award

$25,000

deadline

March 24, 2022
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AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

$10,000 January 31, 2022 See Details
 

AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

award

$10,000

deadline

January 31, 2022
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DEWALT Trades Scholarship

Stanley Black and Decker, Inc.

$10,000 February 08, 2022 See Details
 

DEWALT Trades Scholarship

Stanley Black and Decker, Inc.

award

$10,000

deadline

February 08, 2022
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FIRST Scholarship - Rice University

FIRST

$10,000 February 12, 2022 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Rice University

FIRST

award

$10,000

deadline

February 12, 2022
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Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship

American Power Systems, Inc.

$5,000 February 28, 2022 See Details
 

Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship

American Power Systems, Inc.

award

$5,000

deadline

February 28, 2022
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Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Asian Pacific Fund

$5,000 February 28, 2022 See Details
 

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Asian Pacific Fund

award

$5,000

deadline

February 28, 2022
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Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship

Lockheed Martin

$5,000 April 01, 2022 See Details
 

Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship

Lockheed Martin

award

$5,000

deadline

April 01, 2022
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Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship

Aerospace Education Foundation

$5,000 April 30, 2022 See Details
 

Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship

Aerospace Education Foundation

award

$5,000

deadline

April 30, 2022
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Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

Scarlett Family Foundation

$2,500 December 15, 2022 See Details
 

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

Scarlett Family Foundation

award

$2,500

deadline

December 15, 2022
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