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Nanoscale Phenomena: Importance of Being Small

Nanoscale Phenomena: Importance of Being Small

Nanomaterials are so finely divided that they exhibit properties that are intermediate between the macro-scale behavior we are accustomed to, and true molecular-scale behavior.  They may show unique  properties related to changes in  electrical, optical, mechanical, and thermal phenomena (some examples to follow), or may be even more exotic, such as quantum confinement, where the size of a particle is so small that we are altering the configuration and interactions of its atoms and electrons.