A nanometer is one billionth of a meter—and it promises to be the measure of our future. That’s a big claim for such a small dimension. But researchers have discovered that matter at this scale behaves in entirely new ways.
A search to understand how materials behave at the nanoscale has been under way for decades. Researchers now have the ability to manipulate and construct materials at the scale of individual atoms or molecules, materials that can serve almost any purpose and will ultimately reshape our world.
When the new MIT.nano facility opens in 2018, it will enable an estimated 2,000-plus researchers from a variety of disciplines to tackle urgent challenges in health, energy, computing, manufacturing, and beyond.
Watch a slide show that illustrates some of the astonishing ways in which MIT scientists and engineers are already solving big problems one atom and one molecule at a time.