All those engineers who thought chemistry is a school boy thing think again, Nanotechnology could well be the next big thing. Modern day gadgets like iPods to even nano cars are the early outcomes of nanotechnology. But the field promises more and has applications in medicine, security, environment and many more domains.

Nanotechnology aims at miniaturization and involves redesign and manipulation of atoms which are the basic building blocks of all matter. It is a well known fact that diamond and graphite are allotropes of carbon and rearranging the atomic structure of one of them can result in the other one. Therefore by rearranging the atoms of a bulk material we can develop a nano material. Nanotechnology helps in developing tiny robots called nanobots which help in perfoming surgeries for replacing worn out tissues. Nano-coatings are known to be transparent, scratch proof and dirt repellant. Even Cancer tissues can be pictured by imaging in oncology using nanoparticles. In a few years time nanotechnology will have its roots spread in all industries.

In India the field is just sixteen years old and a few universities are offering the course in post graduate. Several companies are planning investments in this area considering future developments. I think its time to gear up for the nano revolution and good to learn about it.


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