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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is nanotechnology and why is it important?

bb feathersA. From the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Nanotechnology is the understanding and control
of matter at dimensions between approximately
1 and 100 nanometers (nm), where unique
phenomena enable novel applications not feasible when working with bulk materials or even with
single atoms or molecules. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick; a single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer in diameter.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties call their work nanoengineering.

Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering,and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Q: What does it mean to be a Class 1,000 cleanroom?

A: A Class 1,000 cleanroom means that you would find fewer than 1,000 particles per square foot under one micrometer in size.

Q: Who can use this space for research?

A: Usage is open to University of Rochester faculty and students, as well as external users. You do not have to be part of the University community to rent equipment in this space.