The terms nanotechnology and nanomaterials are popping up more often in the news, in research papers and even on the web. Despite that, there is still a relative lack of awareness regarding nanomaterials.
1. Definition of Nanomaterials
Before understanding the concept of nanomaterials, there is need to understand what the general concept of nanotechnology is all about.
The term ‘nanotechnology’ emerged in 1974. At the time, it was defined as consisting of the processing of separation, consolidation, and deformation of materials by one atom or by one molecule.