To start thinking big about your future career, you need to start thinking about the very small. Nanotechnology is a cutting-edge field where you work with the smallest pieces of matter (atoms and molecules) on the nano-scale to create useful materials and devices that have new and innovative properties. Nanotechnologists use nanotechnology to make breakthrough products that may help in the environmental, energy, medical and even cultural sectors.
Imagine working with materials that cannot be seen by the naked eye! In the future, nanotechnology will be used in various ways to enhance human life. Globally, we can use nano research to find new ways to increase energy production and increase the efficiency of our machines, so that they will use fewer natural resources to power them. Energy not your thing? Maybe you have a passion for Arts and Culture. Nanomaterials are being used in textiles to increase durability of clothing and to create new ways to monitor a person’s health! We can also use nanoscience to create new and improved building materials to create stronger structures. If medicine is your calling, imagine being able to use nano robots to target sick cells and deliver medicine to affected areas in a body.
With a career in nanoscience, the possibilities are endless!
What exactly is Nanotechnology? – Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF)Definition
“Nanotechnology is the design, characterization, production and application of very small structures to exploit their unique physical, chemical and biological properties. Size-dependent properties of nanomaterials, usually in the 1- to 100-nanometer range, include electronic, photonic, magnetic, rheological, structural and mechanical effects.”
- Electronics Industry
- Auto and Aerospace
- Medical fields
- Environmental technologies
- Energy developments
- And many more!
Nanoscience is a field requiring a working knowledge of the sciences; physics, chemistry and biology are important. This field is interdisciplinary and may also require knowledge of engineering.
The minimum educational requirements for a career in nanotechnology are a related two year diploma of technology. In Alberta, NAIT offers a two year Nanotechnology Systems diploma program.
At the University level you can attend a four year undergrad degree in Nanoscience at the University of Calgary, or similar science programs located at Universities throughout Alberta.
How can the field of nanotechnology be more than a desk job? In fact, there are numerous ways. Because nanotechnology is such a broad, interdisciplinary opportunity, many nanotechnologists have had the opportunity to design devices, materials, and products that are changing our world. Some of these individuals are housed at Ingenuity Labs in Edmonton. Check out some of the amazing advances that they are working on: