Study nanotechnology at Flinders

What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is about being able to understand and manipulate materials (atoms and molecules) on the nanoscale—an extremely small length of measurement. A nanometre is one billionth of a metre. To get an idea of just how tiny a nanometre is, consider a single strand of human hair; it’s about 80,000-100,000 nanometres wide. Objects on the nanoscale are impossible to see with the naked eye, or even the types of microscopes used in high school science classes. When you can control materials at the nanoscale, you can enhance their strength, change colours by shifting the light, and improve durability. And since atoms make up everything on Earth—from the composition of our own bodies to the food we eat and the energy we consume—nanotechnology has huge implications for our future. It will leave few industries unchanged.

The field of nanotechnology is relatively new—about 40 years old. We are only beginning to see how much it can change the world. As a student of nanotechnology, you should be curious about the world, eager to learn new things, and unafraid to explore new ideas. You will be a pioneer in a world where nanotechnology is making vast strides.