Nanotechnology has revolutionized everything from the food on our plates to the computer displays we depend on for work and daily tasks. In literal terms, "nanotechnology" from the Greek "nanos" or "dwarf" is the study and application of extremely small things. In practice, nanotechnology refers to the manipulation and control of matter in the nanoscale, and it is found in applications across scientific fields, including chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering. Celebrating 15 years since its launch meeting, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) has supported the standards development that enable the safety and efficiency of nanotechnology-driven materials, products, and processes around the globe.
From semiconductor nanoparticles that make printing solar cells affordable to clear nanoscale films on eyeglasses, nanotechnology has changed the way consumers live by enhancing many products already in the market. Nanotechnology has contributed to the advances in fields ranging from computing and electronics, to diagnostics and therapeutics in healthcare, to personal care products, and sports equipment.
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