Today we were all introduced to Nano-science, an area of study, that according to Morehead (http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&filename=Zoom_vocab.html), deals mainly with the study of the different properties that materials acquire when manipulated at a nanoscale; however we learnt that this definition is incomplete as even though it focuses mainly on miniscule materials, Nano-science embraces other areas that differ from applied sciences and even technology, such as art. In my opinion, this perspective is interesting as well as important as it is essential to understand the duality that is present in it for regarding it merely as an “objective” study is quite hollow as there is much more that can be achieved through it than just scientific knowledge, such as incredible art pieces. The Art Institute of Chicago (http://www.artic.edu/aic/education/sciarttech/2a1.html) claims that art and science overlap naturally as they both study their surroundings and interpret them through various mediums, and I believe that they use one another as science needs art’s creativity and dynamicity while art uses scientific discoveries and properties.
J. W. Goethe was a man that showed how this two areas can be connected as he was both interested in sciences (such as optical studies) as well as arts (such as poetry and literature).
I found today’s lecture very stimulating as it gave a brief introduction as to how imagining the impossible can be made possible with nanotechnology for as How stuff works (http://www.howstuffworks.com/nanotechnology.htm) , by arranging the building blocks of life in any manner we want, anything is possible. The part that I considered the most interesting was that when altering the original arrangement of an element, the element’s properties change and as RingSurf (http://www.ringsurf.com/online/2003-structures.html) explains, when a molecule is put through quantum confinement its electrons are trapped in a smaller space, therefore they acquire new electronic properties and new colors as their wave length . When dealing with these elements we have to understand that we need to observe these in a different manner in order to be capable of manipulating them.
the size of the nano crystal shall define the color that the quantum dots adopt
According to Center Responsible for Nanotechnology (http://www.crnano.org/whatis.htm), this type of science has no boundaries when it comes to developing diverse industries as can produce better and smarter items that aid the general public. But why stop there? Making products is just one side of its possibilities, using creativity and imagination for manipulating this technology can have an even further reach.
This image shows how silicon carbide was used at a nano scale to develop a series of forms