It's the science of the small, but when it comes to nanotechnology, researchers say the field's biggest asset is also their biggest challenge – nano's enormous scope.
With broad implications for energy, healthcare, and electronics, to name just a few, nanotechnology is helping shape science in the 21st century. But researchers say working with their peers in other fields can be a challenge.
"How do you communicate to someone who is not in your discipline? Whether you're a chemist, biologist, that's the biggest barrier," says Ji Ung Lee, a professor at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).