Nanoscience and Nanoengineering are the study of the unimaginably small objects that are measured in nanometers, a billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology is the manufacture of just about anything using individual atoms and molecules as building blocks. Duke's nanoscience initiative involves faculty in Art&Science and in the Pratt School of Engineering working at one of the scientific and technological frontiers of 21st-century research, with implications for computers, biology, electronics, optics, and material design.
Nanoscience and Nanoengineering research fields are a very broad field encompassing a diverse set of disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, physics, computer and electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, energy research, environmental science etc. At Duke University, a considerable number of faculty members from disparate backgrounds are interested in many aspects of nanoscience and nanoengineering. To best utilize their diverse research expertise, Duke is bringing tie all interested faculty members together into a loosely organized network. The Duke University Network for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (Duke N3) will be the platform that all faculties interested in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering together to work together toward more interdisciplinary collaborations with groups with very different research backgrounds.