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Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale.

Nanotechnology and nanoscience are concerned with materials science and its application at, or around, the nanometre scale (1 billionth of a metre). Manufacturing can reach the nano scale either from the top down, by ‘machining’ to ever smaller dimensions, or from the bottom up, by exploiting the ability of molecules and biological systems to ‘self-assemble’ tiny structures. It is in the conjunction of these two approaches, in the meeting of physical and chemical/biological manufacturing, that the potential for revolution lies. Just as electronics and biotechnology have created their own technological revolutions, nanotechnology will have a similar impact, faster computers, advanced pharmaceuticals, controlled drug delivery, biocompatible materials, nerve and tissue repair, surface coatings, better skin care and protection, catalysts, sensors, telecommunications, magnetic materials and devices - these are just some areas where nanotechnology will have a major impact.

ATIR aims to address environmental issues and agricultural waste challenges. By delveloping research paths for the following areas:

  • new self-healing nanomaterials
  • bio-selective surfaces development
  • fundamental nanomaterials science
  • modeling of the processes of self-assembly in biological systems
  • researching nanoparticles in soil and air are critical to the future of agricultural and biological production.