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The University of Southampton
Southampton Nanoscience Group

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Nanoscience and nanotechnology involves research into materials on an ultra-small scale. [One nanometre is one-millionth of a millimetre. A single human hair is around 80,000 nanometres in width.]

Developing technologies and materials of this size has the potential to produce some world-changing innovations - from being able to detect diseases in the blood stream and improving cancer fighting drugs to developing computers which are smaller and faster as well as sustainable ways of generating light and energy.

Researchers at Southampton are using nanosciences to address challenges in the fields of healthcare and medicine, sustainable energy, oceanography and photonics.

Underpinning our research are state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The new £55million Mountbatten Building on the University’s Highfield campus is one of Europe’s leading interdisciplinary clean room complexes. It provides flexible research space for world-leading technology development in nanotechnology and photonics for the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre

Chair, Nanoscience USRG

"Here at the University of Southampton, Nanoscience has been identified as a strategic research theme in recognition of the strength and depth of expertise that we have in this area.

The theme is truly inter-disciplinary - bringing together physicists, chemists, engineers, biologists, social scientists and even archaeologists - and this lack of boundaries between disciplines means that we are at the very cutting edge of this field."

Professor Pavlos Lagoudakis, Chair

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