Nanoscale Science, Engineering, & Technology

Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.

Nanoscience is the study of structures and materials on the scale of nanometers. The prefix “nano” means one billionth. A nanometer is very, very small – there are one billion nanometers in a meter. Nanotechnology lets us build things they way nature does, atom by atom. In fact, nano is all around us, in nature and technology.

Very, very small things sometimes behave in surprising ways. When structures are made small enough — in the nanometer size range — they can take on interesting and useful properties and behaviors.