Patron In Chief
Prof. Dr. Tahir Irfan Khan
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are exciting fields of research and development, with wide applications to electronic, optical, and magnetic devices, biology, medicine, energy, and defense. Materials that are produced within the nanometer range have been found to possess novel mechanical, chemical, thermal and electrical properties compared to materials prepared on a micron scale. Therefore, by controlling the nanostructure of materials, better properties can be engineered. For instance, ceramic and polymer materials can incorporate carbon nanotubes, which can provide unique electrical and thermal properties. The use nanoparticles in composites can enhance strength chemical and thermal resistance, yet reduce weight. The development of nanostructured coatings containing hard ceramic nanoparticles can produce tough and wear-resistant surfaces or change colour when a current is applied or have self-cleaning and antifouling properties. Nanotechnology can be regarded as a key technology which can lead to the development of nanodevices and systems that offer improved properties. Therefore, developments in nanostructured materials not only influence advances in technology, but has economic and social implications.