It's A Nano World

Manipulating molecules can create tomorrow's miracle materials

Materials technology is the real wealth of nations. It has been the hallmark of civilizations stretching back 8,000 years to the Bronze Age. Today's Information Age is no different. Without silicon that is 99.99999% pure, there wouldn't be computer chips, cell phones, or fiber-optic networks. In recent decades, inorganic chemists have concocted an impressive array of metals, alloys, and ceramics--sending skyscrapers ever higher, making cars lighter and more fuel-efficient, and launching air travel for the masses.

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