nano·​sci·​ence ˈna-nō-ˌsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce nanoscience (audio)
: any branch or application of science that investigates objects, processes, and phenomena that operate on the scale of nanometers
Single-particle imaging of structures has become a powerful methodology in nanoscience and molecular and cell biology.Aycan Yurtsever et al.
Nanoscience might well solve problems of scarcity and of environmental degradation.James Traub
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Examples of nanoscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lieber, 64, is a leader in the field of nanoscience and has since retired after three decades at the school. Hadriana Lowenkron,, 26 Apr. 2023 To name two instances: Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna, and Virginijus Šikšnys won the Kavli nanoscience prize in 2018, and Charpentier and Doudna were honored with the Nobel in medicine in 2020. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 3 June 2022 The Kavli Prize honors scientists for breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience — transforming our understanding of the big, the small and the complex. Scientific American Custom Media, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 The researchers in his nanoscience lab at the University of Central Florida had already worked out the kinks in the high-end machinery needed to create a revolutionary new kind of cooling paint. WIRED, 22 Mar. 2023 What transformative impact has this invention had on nanoscience? Scientific American Custom Media, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 Excitement around carbon nanoscience was cranked still higher when three of the discoverers of buckyballs, Robert Curl, Harold Kroto and Richard Smalley, received the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. James R. Riordon, Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2022 The Kavli Prizes, considered Nobel predictors along with the Lasker and Gairdner prizes, are awarded every two years in astrophysics and nanoscience as well as neuroscience. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 3 June 2022 The Kavli Prize is awarded every two years in three categories that celebrate the research successes of the big (astrophysics), the small (nanoscience), and the complex (neuroscience). Suze Kundu, Forbes, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History


nano- + science

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nanoscience was in 1991

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“Nanoscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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