Internships are an essential component of your education, so try to find one to pursue. It helps you get into research groups easier, and gives you a significant competitive advantage in securing employment.
Technical University of MunichInstitute for Nanoelectronics - Germany
Biology and medicine is another field where nanotechnology should have an impact. One thing for example that is coming out as positive already are biosensors and DNA screening.
Semiconductor Research Corporation - USA
Nanotechnology has already become real in semiconductor chips. The iPhone has nanotechnology inside.
Fachhochschule Hannover - Germany
Professor of Applied Physics and Nanotechnology
With nanotechnology, I'm really working on a technology frontier. You have to immerse yourself in nanotechnology to see the new opportunities there are. And that's very exciting.
Rice University - USA
Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering
I believe that several things I have worked on in nanotechnology will directly or indirectly influence future technologies. One example is the creation of a paper battery.
NASA Kennedy Space Center - USA
My major focus is developing and/or enhancing polymer nanocomposite systems for space applications.
University of Alabama - USA
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
I am currently working on hybrid 3D nanostructures for energy harvesting, sensing, and imaging.
Cornell University - USA
Professor of Applied & Engineering Physics
I think the nano areaâ€”and research in generalâ€”is always pushing into the unknown. So in this field you're always learning new things and figuring out how to use this new information to do something useful.
Chinese University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
My team has produced a very low-cost carbon nanotube-based alcohol vapor sensor that requires less than 1000 times the power to operate than existing sensors in the market do.
National Institute of Standards and Technology - USA
NIST Fellow and Executive Advisor
Nanotechnology is very diverse. You are always learning about new science, engineering, and potential applications of nanotechnology for society.
University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory - USA
Research Assistant Professor and Guest Scientist
In the future, I believe nanotechnology will develop compact and much more efficient energy devices, such as bio-inspired or nanoparticles enhanced solar cell.
University of Southern California - USA
Professor and Gordon Marshall Chair in Engineering
An example of nanotechnology that is beginning to be usedâ€”and will have impact very soonâ€”is targeted drug delivery.
National Research Council - USA
Principal Research Officer
The problems we tackle are so complicated nowadays that you need lots of specialists working together to make any progress. This mix of people frequently transcends the traditional silos of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - USA
Laboratory Fellow and EMSL Lead Scientist, Interfacial Chemistry
Advice to students: Nanoscience and nanotechnology are inherently cross-disciplinary and you need to learn the different concepts and the languages of different sciences.
University of Cincinnati - USA
After nearly 30 years of research, I am still excited about nanotechnology because new concepts and areas of research are being discovered nearly on a weekly basis.
National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) - Thailand
My research interests focus on the design and synthesis of nanoscale architectures and study their structural dependent properties with an emphasis on electrochemical and optical applications.
Keithley Instruments, Inc. - USA
Senior Marketer, Scientific Research Instruments
Nanotechnology is such an exciting field. Hearing how researchers and scientists are using our equipment to help them make new discoveries constantly makes my job that much more rewarding.
Michigan State University - USA
I have a lot of collaborators from different fields, from different countries, from different universities, and with different majors. For nano you cannot survive if you know only one field.
POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) - South Korea
Advice to students: Expand your studies in physics, chemistry, and biology, and get experience working with others.
Pennsylvania State University - USA
Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering Sciences
One of my current interests is using nanotechnology in solar cells. I've been active in solar cell research for about 35 years.
Arizona State University Lightworks - USA
Nanotechnology is a very interdisciplinary field, so what's important actually is to have basic skills in math, physics, chemistry, and even biology.
TE Connectivity - USA
Principal Scientist and Program Manager
The greatest impact of nanotechnology has been reigniting the imagination of scientists and engineers worldwide.
University of California, Riverside - USA
Professor of Electrical EngineeringChair, Materials Science and Engineering
I'm always trying to find a balance between individual and teamwork. I keep telling my students that research output of our group has to be bigger than the sum of the individual outputs.
Middle East Technical University - Turkey
We are witnessing a revolution in materials science and physics because the materials properties change when we work at the nanoscale.
NASA Ames Research Center - USA
I believe that nanotechnology will lead the research and applications in biology and life science to a new arena.
Australian National University - Australia
Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow; Head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics & Nanotechnology Group
Energy is beginning to be such an important issue globally and none of us have got a single solution, so it's important that we as a global community all work together to try to address some of these challenges.
Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - USA
Nanotechnology has been applied to everything from water purification, to pharmaceutical production, to lightweight composite materials, to high-tech microelectronics.
Nantero, Inc. - USA
The most rewarding thing about working with nanotechnology is my ability to conduct scientific and engineering experiments that have likely never been performed before.
University of Waterloo - Canada
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Micro/Nanodevices
The impact of nanotechnology will be broad and deep. I believe the field of diagnostic and therapeutic medical instrumentation will be revolutionized by nanotechnology.
West Virginia University - USA
Advice to students: Make sure you learn your basic sciences. Even when you are faced with complex technical challenges, it is always your basic understanding that helps you make a decision to move forward.
University of Louisville
Director, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering
Future applications will involve engineered devices and sensors involving nanoscale materials and processes on flexible platforms and device fabrication on-demand and as-needed basis on a global scale.
Virginia Commonwealth University - USA
My lab was instrumental in developing some self-assembly nanosynthesis techniques (techniques for making nanostructures by exploiting natural chemical and physical processes) that are widely used.
Lockheed Martin - USA
Director, Advanced Technology
It is exciting to see new solutions to old problems. Things that we thought might never be improved are being looked at from a totally different point of view.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
So far the greatest impact of nanotechnology has been in information technology with the realization of ultra large integrated electronic circuits made of billions of nanoscale devices that created the information revolution.
Drexel University - USA
Professor of Materials Science and EngineeringDirector of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
I teach materials science, perform research on nanomaterials and nanostructures, and coordinate research and educational activities in the broad field of nanotechnology at Drexel University.
Flinders University - Australia
Currently my PhD is focused on increasing the efficiency of solar cells by incorporating carbon nanotubes, which are highly conductive tubes of graphite, into existing dye-sensitized solar cell design.
NASA Ames Research Center - USA
Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology
Our group has developed a carbon nanotube based chemical sensor which will be commercialized in a couple of years for biomedical, security and other applications.
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute - USA
President and Executive Officer
If you want to do path-breaking nanotechnology development first hand, there is no substitute for a fundamental background in the relevant science and mathematics.