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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 nantotechnology 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.

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Events and Seminars

Nigel Goldenfeld

J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series

September 14, 2017

Goodwin Hall (Room 190)

Probing the Brain's Response to Trauma at the Cellular and Network Scale

March 24, 2017

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute


VTAC/VTCAR Annual Conference

March 30, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Biocomplexity Institute (Room 145)

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