Home > News > The Science of Small Takes a Big Computer
June 21st, 2007
The Science of Small Takes a Big Computer
With the help of Lonestar, a supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, computational physicist James Chelikowsky is advancing the scientific understanding of nanostructures, including quantum dots, which have novel properties with countless potential applications in many industries.
Scientists and engineers are convinced that the fledgling, interdisciplinary field of nanoscience, the science of very small structures -- those between 1 and 100 nanometers in diameter or length -- will drive the next generation of technological advancements. Just how small is a nanometer? One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter -- that is 1 X 10-9 meters or 1/1,000,000,000 of a meter! For perspective, consider that the width of a human hair is approximately 80,000 nanometers, and a DNA molecule is about 2.5 nanometers wide.
By all accounts, nanoscience is one of the hottest areas in science and technology today. In fact, scientists from many fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, metrology (the science of measurement), and others, have turned to investigating the properties of nanostructures. Likewise, engineers are enthusiastic about the possible applications of nanotechnology to a wide array of industries, including energy, medicine, electronics, computing, security, and materials.
Lifeboat publishes its first book: The Lifeboat Foundation has published its first book, "The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen -- and What to Do" May 14th, 2013
UC Santa Barbara History Professor's Book Elucidates, Celebrates ‘Visioneers' May 14th, 2013
Conceptual Nanomedical Lipofuscin Removal Strategy April 29th, 2013
The Global Desalination Market 2013-2023 April 24th, 2013
International survey supports need for built-in water protection on smartphones and tablets May 21st, 2013
Rice unveils method for tailoring optical processors: Arranging nanoparticles in geometric patterns allows for control of light with light May 21st, 2013
Nanoparticle Harnesses Powerful Radiation Therapy for Cancer May 20th, 2013
Microneedle-Delivered Nanoparticles Boost Antitumor Vaccines May 20th, 2013
Perfectly doped quantum dots yield colors to dye for May 11th, 2013
Researchers use graphene quantum dots to detect humidity and pressure May 8th, 2013
Hamburger nano specialist enlarges the CANdots® product Series by fluorescent nanocrystals Series A plus May 8th, 2013
A step toward optical transistors? McGill researchers demonstrate new way to control light in semiconductor nanocrystals April 9th, 2013