Nano-Chemistry

Nano chemistry, described the field as "an emerging subdiscipline of solid-state chemistry that emphasizes the synthesis rather than the engineering aspects of preparing little pieces of matter with nanometer sizes in one, two or three dimensions. … The Nano chemist can be considered to work towards this goal from the atom 'up', whereas the nanophysics tends to operate from the bulk 'down'." Today, Nano chemists work in biomedical chemistry, polymer chemistry, product synthesis, and a host of other areas. They use a wide variety of methods to prepare and assemble "little pieces of matter" with novel electronic, magnetic, optical, chemical, and mechanical behaviors that can be attributed to their nanometer-scale size.