ARC Nanotechnology Network


What is Nanotechnology?

“Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter; a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at this length scale.”

- definition created by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative

Nanotechnology has been identified by the industry and governments globally as a priority area of research and billions of dollars have been invested in research and Development. The US launched its National Nanotechnology Initiative and other major economies have already addressed this important need through the creation of major European and Asian networks in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is interdisciplinary and straddles all science and engineering disciplines. To adequately seize the enormous research opportunities that exist in this new field and to maximize the outcomes of such research for the nation, it is essential that links are fostered to allow researchers to interact across discipline boundaries. Australia has distinct nanotechnology thrusts in areas of nanoparticles, nano materials and devices, semiconductor electronics and optoelectronics, functional nanomaterials, and polymers/composites.

The Network aims to:

  1. bring together key groups working in this area to communicate, innovate, share and exploit mutual strengths and facilities to make a major impact internationally
  2. identify new areas of research
  3. highlight the infrastructure that is available in Australia and promote use and sharing of these facilities
  4. identify infrastructure needs to strengthen research
  5. leverage off and interact with other networks for mutual benefit
  6. develop industry and international links
  7. interact with the wider community
  8. encourage postgraduate students and early career researchers to enhance their skill base and training
  9. become a national resource for industry, research and educational institutions, government and policy developers

Contact Information:

For more information please contact:

Professor Chennupati Jagadish
Network Convenor
Department of Electronic Materials Engineering
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
T: 61 2 6125 0363, F: 61 2 6125 3915
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