It's science on the smallest of levels. It's the truth in the statement that good things come in small packages. Nanotechnology is an area of research and development that centers on phenomena that occur at dimensions so tiny that they're hard to imagine—in the range of one billionth of a meter. Yet the potential impacts are tremendous.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has embarked upon a Nanoscience and Technology Initiative to explore this new area of science. In addition to fundamental research, the projects in this initiative are examining potential applications that span from medical treatment to energy generation, electronics to specialty materials and beyond.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.