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.
Sebabatso Maifadi is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit, and her research is focussed on wastewater treatment. She graduated with her bachelor’s and honour’s degrees from the University of Cape Town and her master’s from the University of the Witwatersrand. The fearless Sebabatso was a runner-up at the 2018 FameLab South Africa.
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).