The History of Nanotechnology

  • Molecular Nanotechnology

    K. Eric Drexler developed and made the concept of nanotechnology more popular, he also founded the field of molecular nanotechnology.
  • The Beginning

    The start of Nanotechnology was caused by the beggining of many experimental advancements.
  • The Tunneling Microscope

    The scanning tunneling microscope, was a tool used for taking pictures of surfaces at the atomic level, it was developed in 1981, by Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer.
  • The Fullerenes

    The Fullerenes were discovered in 1985 by Harry Kroto, Richard Smalley, and Robert Curl, the Fullerene is any molecule made up of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid, or tube.
  • Nanotechnology gets more Popular

    In the early 2000's the public was starting to get more aware of the concept of nanotechnology. Governments moved to promote and fund research into nanotechnology with programs such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
  • Nanotechnology starts getting commercial

    The early 2000s started the beginning of commercial applications of nanotechnology, such as the Silver Nano platform for using silver nanoparticles as an antibacterial agent, nanoparticle-based transparent sunscreens, and carbon nanotubes for stain-resistant textiles.