What is Nanotechnology?

DSC 2270Nanotechnology applies scientific and engineering principles to make new materials and observe structures by controlling matter on the nanoscale. That is the scale of atoms -- one billionth of a meter. That means that a nanometer is about 8,000 times smaller than the average human red blood cell and about 25,000 times smaller than the thickness of an average human hair.

Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field involving chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, and engineering to create technical advances across multiple fields. These innovations include advances in semiconductors, batteries, sunscreen, medical devices and therapies, solar cells, LED displays, and many other technologies. Check out NOVA's August 2013 "Making Stuff: Smaller" episode for several recent applications of nano in medicine and electronics.

For more information about seeing and manufacturing at the nanoscale: The National Nanotechnology Initiative



Exciting opportunities to learn more about nano through SHINE:

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) class: January 14-January 28, 2014

In partnership with North Seattle Community College Continuing Education, we’re offering a fun three-part class using a Scanning Electron Microscope! Science meets art in this fascinating class as you learn to photograph with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). You will look at insects and flowers with incredible magnification and see what the “really small” really looks like. You will leave with a laminated 8.5” x 11” black and white laminated SEM photograph. Visit North Seattle Community College Continuing Education for more information and to register. Class requires no prior experience with scanning electron microscopes.

Logistics and Registration Information:

Class will run 6:30pm–8:30pm Jan 14Jan 28 (3 sessions) $95.00 plus a materials fee

Class will be held in the Nano Lab at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103


Concepts in Nanotechnology online course: January 27, 2014-March 10, 2014

Ready for a deeper dive into nanotechnology?

Consider taking our free, online Concepts in Nanotechnology course this winter. Taught by NSCC instructor Peter Kazarinoff, PhD, the course will provide an excellent overview of concepts in nanotechnology. The course will be taught at a pre-college level, with no college level chemistry, math, or physics experience required. No prerequisite knowledge in nanotechnology or materials science is required. Concepts in Nanotechnology is not for credit.

For more information and to register visit https://www.canvas.net/

Contact Us

For questions about the NSCC Nanotechnology program including courses and program options, please contact the SHINE Center Director at aagnello@northseattle.edu 

For questions about nanotechnology internships or careers in nanotechnology, please contact the SHINE Recruitment & Employment Specialist at shine@northseattle.edu

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