Nanotechnology is the production and use of structures that are smaller than 100 nm (0. 000 000 1 m) in at least one dimension. The decisive factor here is that new functionalities and properties for improving existing or developing new products arise solely from the dimension of the system components. Over the past 25 years, the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology has developed in an extraordinarily dynamic and interdisciplinary manner. Nanotechnology has become a key technology of the 21st century.
Their extensive application potential can only be exploited economically if the nanoeffects discovered in basic research and the corresponding new properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures are translated into industrial products. The penetration into the world of the most elementary building blocks is a challenge that will always reveal new, ever more fascinating possibilities for new products and markets. This transfer is an engineering science task for which students of the Bachelor’s programme Nano Engineering are trained.