The team at Sydney Nano likes to say that the next giant leap will be seriously small. Revolutionary changes in science and technology have opened up our access to the very smallest scales of matter: the nanoscale.
That universe is measured in billionths of a metre, where the unusual behaviour of atoms, electrons, photons and molecules can be harnessed to make powerful tools to benefit humanity. To help explain this concept the team has created a new video, which they are pleased to share with the university community.
The new director of the institute, Professor Ben Eggleton, is looking forward to building on the strong foundations of the institute.
"Nanoscience will impact both fundamental research and the very fabric of our society. I look forward to reaching out across the whole University and building the large-scale, cross-disciplinary collaborations that are needed to achieve a global impact," he said.
Sydney Nano was founded to bring together expertise across our University and beyond to focus on extending and deepening our knowledge of the nanoscale.
They are tackling some of the most challenging problems that humanity faces: inventing new technologies for renewable energy; designing new medicines; creating nanorobots for surgery; and taking inspiration from nature to develop completely new materials engineered at the nanoscale.
And they are building completely new machines that operate using the quantum laws of nature.
The institute’s multidisciplinary approach builds on the collective strength in quantum science, nanophotonics, nanoscale materials and molecular nanoscience.
Impacts from this technology will be felt far beyond science, medicine and engineering. That is why Sydney Nano reaches across our academic community into the arts and social sciences, business, law, architecture and design.
Sydney Nano also has strong partnerships with industry and research institutions in Australia and across the world. The facilities are open for collaboration with entrepreneurial companies seeking dynamic translation of fundamental research.
Come explore with us: we are only at the beginning of a revolution that will be as transformative this century as the digital revolution was in the last.