Nanotechnology study

The Institute welcomes the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering’s study into the field of nanotechnology, and confirms its interest to participate and support the activities of the Working Group.

The Institute has been actively involved in raising the profile of nanotechnology research and development by a number of means, which are briefly outlined as follows:

The seminar discussed the UK’s participation in defining nanotechnology, and the commercial potential of its exploitation. As nanotechnology is essentially an interdisciplinary subject, the seminar looked at how the disparate fields of physics, materials science, chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine will combine to form the basis for a whole range of technologies in the next twenty years. A report of the seminar will be forwarded in due course and will be made available on the Institute’s website at

The monthly journal publishes papers at the forefront of nanoscale science and technology and especially those of an interdisciplinary nature. Here, nanotechnology is taken to include the ability to address individually, control, modify and fabricate materials, structures and devices with nanometre precision, and the synthesis of such structures into systems of micro- and macroscopic dimensions such as MEMS based devices. It encompasses the understanding of the fundamental physics, chemistry, biology and technology of nanometre-scale objects and how such objects can be used in the areas of computation, sensors, nanostructured materials and nano-biotechnology.

Professor Mark Welland, University of Cambridge, is the Editor-in-Chief. Further information can be found at

IOPP will be happy to promote Working Group’s activities through the website, and also through its weekly Newsalert that is sent to all subscribers.

With regards to the scope of the study, the broad areas highlighted by the Working Group will provide a good starting point, and the Institute looks forward to the next stage of the study.

Institute of Physics