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.
Nanoscale phenomena is as nice a place as any to begin a series of non-technical technical articles. After all, it has all the trimmings of remarkable potential, fertile innovation opportunities, challenges in commercialization, and non-intuitive barriers to entry, each deserving of its own consideration. You, me, and everything we generally think of as reality exist on the macroscale. It’s the arena where our senses make sense, where we live our lives and where we can have some intuitive understanding of the world around us. To put it a bit more technically, it’s the arena where things are continuous. Included here are 3 relatively short articles on nanoscale phenomena, which will eventually wrap around to the world of nanofibers, electrospinning, and adhesion that all contribute to the nexus that is Akron Ascent.