Come with us now on a journey through scale and space, as we go to world of the tiny stuff. Nanoscience is the study of matter and its structure at the scale of around 0.000000001 metre, or nanometres for short.
Down here at the bottom, there’s plenty of room for scientists to design miniscule machines that self assemble to deliver drugs, or to improve the performance of semi-conducting materials, or research the behaviour of our own organic molecules. It’s also a lab space to observe real quantum weirdness acting on relatively big bits of matter. Spooky.
In this zone, there are scientists diagnosing illnesses using laser light, speeding-up the internet, making tiny glass spheres which can stick to things that shouldn’t be in your blood to remove them, and making tiny machines that can produce electricity.