Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week 8 Nano Tech + Art

Nano Tech + Art

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 
Science and art has created a new form of education not only for scientists but now for younger generation being able to learn these new and important discoveries of science and art. Nanotechnology which is defined in the dictionary as a manipulation of matter on a atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale has been important for artists because it is a whole new genre of science and recreates science from new technology. Nanotechnology refers to 1 to 100 nanometers and was first used to describe semiconductor process such as thin film deposition and ion beam milling. Physicist Richard Feynman who worked on the atom bomb and the Manhattan project and worked on new forms of technology that could change the world helped start this explanation of nanotechnology. 40 years ago Feynman gave a lecture and explained the principles of physics and how we can manipulate things on a atomic scale. He discovered that as we make things on a nanoscale, the law of physics can change and quantum effects can be used to create new effects. Nanotechnology is now being used to create many new products and innovations such as nano medicine.

Nano Drug

 Nanomedicine which is formed from nano materials and nanoparticles, has create new forms to revolutionize medicine to target tumors and offers great benefits for people in the future dealing with cancer or chemotherapy. Due to this creation, nano drugs was formed to help with tissue engineering and medical devices. Drug delivery systems will be able to help and improve other drugs solubility and prevent tissue damage. Nanomedicine has been tested on mice and is still waiting to be tested on a human however could be a step towards curing cancer. However, there has been several issues regarding nanotechnology and nano medicine regarding medical and health issues leading to diseases and particle in the brain and lungs. Even though there are health and environment concerns thousands of nanotechnology products are on the market and it is one of the biggest markets in the world.


The U.S. has invested 3.7 billion dollars into nanotechnology and nanotechnology products exist everywhere and to this day are becoming integrated into educational curriculum. In the article, "Art as an avenue to science literacy: Teaching nanotechnology through stained glass”, The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network began to help engage students in the understanding of nanotechnology by creating activities connecting nanotechnology to poetry, chemical “magic shows” and art composition for example stained glass artistry. A nanoparticle stained glass program was formed for students and included three main concepts Nanoparticles of gold and silver behave differently than bulk gold and silver, interconnection between art and science and how nanotechnology has been used since the Middle Ages. Overall, students any ages could achieve a variety of learning and connect the fields of science, engineering and art through bringing public awareness of nanotechnology.

Nanoparticle stained glass window

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5. Zhu, Guizh, Lei Mai, and Weihong Tan. "Nanomedicine." The Scientist Magazine. Aug. 2014. Web

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