Investing in Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is derived from the study of quantum mechanics. If you want to know more about quantum mechanics go to http://rugth30.phys.rug.nl/quantummechanics/. The word nano comes from the Greek word dwarf. Nanotechnology, however, is a new discipline that exploits the strange properties found in atoms in the world of quantum mechanics. Thanks to researchers, scientists are able to view atoms at an unimaginary small scale, called a nanometer. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, or roughly the length of ten hydrogen atoms. At this new scale scientists are able to find new properties of molecules and this is the birth of nanotechnology. Scientist have already learned how to build nanoscale clusters of atoms into spheres, rods, helices, and even resembling flowers. A promising new addition is the carbon nanotube. The carbon nanotube is from a newly discovered form of carbon that is rolled into a cylinder, with the diameter of a nanometer. This carbon nanotube can be used as a sensor, a fuel cell, or to increase computer memory capacity. Scientists have also discovered a way to spin nanotubes into fibers to create the strongest polymers. Building on a nanoscale could change the way we manufacture as well as the way we live. From an inventory of raw materials (atoms) we could produce any type of product from scratch literally. This type of manufacturing, scientist believe, will be aided by nanobots small nanoscale robots producing everyday products. The American government has already spent $1.6 million in 2004 to fund the research and science associated with nanotechnology. So investors beware, we may see with nanotecnolgy a bubble much like the internet bubble in 2000. Also many firms added the name nano- to gain funding so fundamental research into these firms is necessary. If you want to learn more about nanotechnology and manufacturing go to http://www.zyvex.com/nano/.