Can you imagine a machine than can enter into your body cells and monitor the bacteria and viruses that can cause diseases, a computer of rice grain size containing all the information of the world’s biggest Library, a tennis racket made up of carbon atoms which is more lighter and stronger than ordinary one. All this seems like a fairy tale but now it is not only a imagination. Science has made all these things possible with the help of Nanotechnology.
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What is Nanotechnology?
Nano is a Greek word which means ‘tiny’. Nanotechnology is applied science in which the study of minute particles is done. The materials used in Nanotechnology are known as Nanomaterials. There is lot of development in every field is seen all around the world due to Nanotechnology. From the past several years Nanotechnology is being used in computer chips and polymers. Apart from that it is also used in Information Technology, House Making Materials, Scientific Instruments, Packaging Material, Medical Field, Sports World, Automobiles, Astronomy, Cosmetics and Research and Development etc.
There are various courses available in Nanotechnology
- Bachelor of science in Nanotechnology
- Master of science in Nanotechnology
- PhD in Nanotechnology
In some Asian nations these courses are also available
- M.Tech in Nanotechnology in India
- M.Phil in Nanotechnology in Hong Kong
- BEng in Nanotechnology in Singapore
Top Institutes for Nanotechnology
According to Small Times Magazine ranking the top Institutes on the basis of research, education, facilities, industrial outreach and commercialization for Nanotechnology are:
- University at Albany – SUNY, New York
- Cornell University, New York
- University of Michiganm, State of Michiganm
- Rice University, Texas
- University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
Scope of Nanotechnology
This field seems attractive but have lots of challenges. Research is very important in this field. There are many opportunities’ to make career in this field. The various career options are:
- Stem Cell Development
- Nano Power Generating Sector
Other than this one can also make career in
- Forensic science
- Space research
- Health industry
- Environment industry
- Product development
- Private research institutes
According to the survey of Small Times Magazine in 2006 the average salary on global basis was $84,605 and in US was $97,978. In developing countries like India the average salary was $15,850 but at present it has increased.
So career in nanotechnology is lucrative as well as reputed also. If you want to make career in it then don’t hesitate, just go for it.
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