Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the nanoscale to create new materials of any size that have new properties and functions.
Careers in nanoscience
A career in nanoscience and nanotechnology puts you at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and at the forefront of technological developments which hold the potential to change the world we live in.
Nanotechnology and energy
Nanotechnology, and in particular, nanofabrication, offers a variety of tools to contribute to solving the energy crisis, since creating materials and devices smaller than 100 nanometers (nm) offers new ways to capture, store, and transfer energy.
Nanotechnology and water
Nanotechnology offers an opportunity to refine and optimise current techniques to purify water, and to provide new and novel methods of purifying water. The unique and novel properties of nanoparticles make them well suited for treating water.
Nanotechnology and health
Nanotechnology is being used to develop nanodevices and nanostructures to prevent, treat and monitor disease.
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South Africa plays an important role in the ‘Hydrogen Economy’ in an effort to establish clean and reliable alternative energy sources. Hydrogen energy is being considered as one of the most plausible choices for alternative energy and as an energy-carrier, due to the abundance of elemental hydrogen on the planet.
SAASTA’s first Nanotechnology Symposium on Health, Safety and Environment
The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme (NPEP), in-collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) held the first Nanotechnology Symposium on Health, Safety and Environment on Monday 10 February 2020. The event took place at the SAASTA auditorium, Pretoria in Gauteng.
Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, to create new materials of any size that have new properties and functions. The Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme (NPEP) disseminates information to enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of nanotechnology.
The Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme (NPEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and implemented by SAASTA, a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF).