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EU nanotechnology research, Exploring the fundamentals

Funded under: FP6-NMP


Nanotechnology is based on the science of the very, very small. One nanometre (1nm or 10{-9}m) is a millionth of a millimetre - about eight times the radius of an atom, and a hundred times smaller than a bacterial cell. At this scale, matter behaves differently. It often becomes more reactive, and quantum effects can produce surprising results - a material¿s electrical conductivity, strength and melting point may all change, for example.

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