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November 17th, 2010

Nanochemistry: Who Owns It?

Professor Geoffrey Ozin from the University of Toronto shares his thoughts on who should be credited for the field of nanochemistry.

What isn't chemistry? Nearly everything in the world around us is made from chemicals and chemistry pervades the physical, life and applied sciences and is often termed "the central science". Synthetic chemistry is certainly playing a central role in modern nanochemistry, the hallmark of which is a bottom-up synthetic approach to nanoscale building blocks made from inorganic, organic and polymeric materials and composites thereof. And nanochemistry is playing a central role in nanoscience and nanotechnology as evidenced by the disruptive effect it is having on basic and directed research emerging across the disciplines of physics, materials science, engineering, biology and medicine.

But is there anything "really" new about nanochemistry? Is it just the next chapter in the long and illustrious history of colloid chemistry, the centerpieces of which are the same tiny pieces of matter and the forces between them that occupy much of nanochemistry research today?


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