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This exhibition closed at the end of December 2010.



Nanotechnology deals with materials and structures at the very small scale of molecules and atoms. It has already produced amazing new techniques in manufacturing and medicine, and there is much more yet to come. But nanotechnology may also pose some new threats to our health and environment. With revolutionary developments in technology come new and as yet unknown risks as well.

The Nanotechnology Exhibition introduces the science of the very small, its applications today and in the future, as well as some of the possible social and environmental issues that may arise from it and how these risks should be managed.

The exhibition leads you through 4 areas:



Basics of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology has a long and illustrious history, which is showcased in this introductory section. You will also be introduced to some of the technical and scientific problems scientists have to deal with, some of which are expressed in artistic renditions and impressions.

Why is the surface-to-volume ratio so important at nanoscopic scales, and how is that different from the scales we are more used to?


Current Nanotechnology Research

Working on the nanoscale requires special instruments. Experience how a Scanning Probe Microscope traces an 'atomic surface', and find out how the size of the tip of an Atomic Force Microscope determines the resolution of the 'image' it produces.



This section also features a selection of
Nano Art – intriguing
pictures produced by local laboratoriesas well as our NanoMandala Exhibit, one of several exhibits designed by UCLA Design Media.


Commercialised Nanotechnology Products

You may already be using some nanotechnology-based consumer products. Products on the shelves today range from tennis rackets to medical paraphernalia and cosmetics, and this section features some of them.

And while you contemplate those, why not have a go at trying to control the buckyballs in the ZeroWave Exhibit? Here you get to experience first-hand some of the very fundamental problems scientists face in trying to manipulate nanostructures with the stylus of a scanning probe microscope.




Issues Nanotechnology May Raise

Nanotechnology will impact or affect all industries in the way things are made. Will nanoscopic particles released into the environment end up causing extensive and ubiquitous damage? How should we deal with such possibilities and uncertainties? Consider these issues here.

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