Is nanotechnology (in relation to chemistry, Biology, Geoscience and Physics) the most important scientific discipline to have emerged in the 21st century? Topic: Chemistry Online Discussion Topic
Author: John Date: 25 November 2011 9:32 AM
After all the reading that I have done on this topic in short my answer is YES.
But that still begs the question, what is nanotechnology? I have found a u-tube clip from a nanotechnology research laboratory in the UK that will explain what nanotechnology is. As far are I can understand the sole aim of nanotechnology is to change the function and application of existing materials and technologies to make their function and application cheaper, smarter and more efficient (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=gYR8lV23Pow&NR=1).
However, scientists, and not the public so much, are worried about the potential negative impact nanotechnology may have on the environment and also human health (http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1721; http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/855/nanotech-dangers-demand-attention). This is not unlike the ongoing vigorous and controversial debate raging about GMOs and GM in general.
There are so many new and exciting discoveries and possible applications of these discoveries that nanotechnology has afforded us. Nanotechnology is being used to:
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