biological particles can be integrated - research and development continues in these fieldsand many others. There is still a way to go before we fully understand the workings and potential applications of the assembly of atoms and how to make these processesscalable, profitable and standardised (and therefore able to produce predictable andconsistent outputs).
What are the potential benefits?
There are many examples of possible applications of nanotechnology developments.These include new materials, new medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, andenvironmental processes and devices; new electronic devices; new sensors; and newcomputing paradigms. The ability to exploit the atomic and molecular properties of materials allows the development of a variety of new functions for current products.Imagine a future where windows, chairs, computers, clothing and even our bodies makeuse of technology based on nano-particles and nanoscience. An article on the BBC Newswebsite shows some of the potential uses of nanotechnology. To read the article in fulland see more pictures of nanotechnology and its applicationsIt is not unfeasible to develop paints that repair themselves when chipped, or for computers the size of blood cells with tiny wireless transmitters to report on the health of a patient without requiring surgery, or for nano-scale cleaning particles to identify andfight contaminants in our waterways… not unfeasible but also not in the near term. But itis exactly this far-reaching potential of nanotechnology that is now making it one of themost important areas of science, and one of the most commercially exciting.