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Here are some links that go over Big Ideas in nanoscience. There are slight differences in the lists created by different organizations.

NISE Net’s 4 Big Ideas to Communicate to the Public

1) Nano is small and different

  • Size and scale
  • Small is different
  • Forces at the nanoscale

2) Nano is studying and making tiny things

  • Structure of matter
  • Applications

3) Nano is new technologies

4) Nano is part of our society and our future

:: NISE Net’s Nano and Society Big Ideas Training Guide


The Big Ideas of Nanoscale Science and Engineering— A Guidebook for Secondary Teachers

  • Size and Scale
  • Structure of Matter
  • Forces and Interactions
  • Quantum Effects
  • Size-Dependent Properties
  • Self-Assembly
  • Tools and Instrumentation
  • Models and Simulations
  • Science, Technology, and Society, a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.