As it is an emerging Field, there isn’t any scientific consensus on the definition of the Nano Science and Technological Field (NST for NanoSciences and NanoTechnologies): where IT starts and stops? However, even if there is a controversy, several common aspects can be underlined in these definitions:

  • size of the elements (10^-9) - the nanometer
  • the fact that the emergence of this Field is based on the convergence of other fields apparently dissociated.
  • the fact that the development of the NST is leading by two main dynamics : the miniaturization (top down) or the manipulation of atoms to shape bigger molecular complex (bottom-up).

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