Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials, and devices. The technology promises scientific advancement in many sectors such as medicine, consumer products, energy, materials, and manufacturing.
Nanotechnology is generally defined as engineered structures, devices, and systems. Nanomaterials are defined as those things that have a length scale between 1 and 100 nanometers. At this size, materials begin to exhibit unique properties that affect physical, chemical, and biological behavior. Researching, developing, and utilizing these properties is at the heart of new technology.
The hazards of nanomaterials are generally still unknown. Because of this, Georgia Tech considers all nanomaterials hazardous and requires specific handling and waste disposal procedures. If you have any questions or concerns regarding nanomaterials, please contact us.