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Nanoscience is the study of materials, phenomena, properties, and applications at the smallest length scale at which we can control matter. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, just slightly larger than individual atoms. Nanoscience and nanotechnology have rapidly growing applications in a wide range of technology areas including electronics, information technology, medicine, renewable energy, aerospace, and advanced materials.

The federal government created the National Nanotechnology Initiative ( in 2000, which has invested more than $25 billion in research and development. The National Science Foundation predicts that by the year 2020, $1 trillion of products in the U.S. will contain nanotechnology. The Bachelor’s degree program in Nanoscience at Virginia Tech is one of only two such programs in the U.S.

For more information on nanoscience and nanotechnology research and applications, see

The Nanoscience degree program is home to majors in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine.

Nanoscience in Practice

Mark Shaw: One very dry demo

The Good, The Bad, & The Tiny by Nina Vance

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Virginia Tech’s NanoCamp features exciting activities, presentations, and laboratory exercises led by prominent faculty in the field and their students.

Nanoscience students, Ethan Boeding & Zac Caprow sponsored by Economical and Sustainable Materials SGA for Summer 2019 internships at Oak Ridge National lab

Virginia Tech’s Nanoscience Teacher Workshop features hands-on experiments, and demos of electron microscopes.

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