- What is Nanotechnology?
- Improve and change products and processes
Nanotechnology is always 5 years away from disrupting material research and our daily lives. Traveling around the globe and speaking with more than 1000 researchers gave Aaike a good overview what is happening in the field of material research and enables him to predict what really will happen in the near future. There are two major fields in material research that will be covered in this talk: biotech and nanotech.
Nature has been evolving over millions of years into a very complex system. Biotech refers to the latest tools in the field of synthetic biology that enables humans to understand this evolution and how to manipulate these complex systems. The complexity associated to biological systems makes it difficult to make the step from research to applying it in real live. Still the future potential is enormous.
The evolution of humanity is defined by the way we are able to modify materials. We started in the stone age evolved into the copper age and are now in the middle of the silicon age where powerful computer chips are dominating our lives. Understanding this evolution and the latest development in fundamental material research gives some insights into the near future. When can we drive 1000 miles in electric cars and when will we convert CO2 into useful products closing the Carbon Cycle.