Let’s talk about nano! NanoDiode project launches a school student video contest on nanotechnologies

Nanotechnology is all around us; it’s almost everywhere! Nanotechnology is able to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics, biomaterials […]

Nanotechnology is all around us; it’s almost everywhere! Nanotechnology is able to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics, biomaterials energy production, and consumer products.

• In medicine, researchers are developing customized nanoparticles the size of molecules that can deliver drugs directly to diseased cells in your body.
• Nanotechnology helps us increase the capabilities of electronics devices while we reduce their weight and power consumption. Companies are using nanotechnology to create lighter and longer lasting fuel cells.
• Companies are also developing nanomaterials that will make a difference not only in the taste of food, but also in food safety, and the health benefits that food delivers.
• Nanotechnology is being used to reduce the cost of catalysts used in fuel cells to produce hydrogen ions from fuel.
• It could also be used in constructions. Nanotubes, when mixed with the old material, greatly advance strength.
• Clothing is also going nano! When cloth is coated with a nano-scale coating, it repels most liquids. Clothing could become entirely water repellant!
The future uses of nanotechnology are uncountable. But what kind of nanotechnologies do we want?

People say that if you want to find out the truth and get to the core, then you should ask the children. And while asking “what kind of nanotechnologies do we want?” we believe that the most interesting answers will come from young students.
“What kind of nanotechnologies do we want?” is a crucial question for the NanoDiode project and also is the main topic of a video contest for students (11-18 year olds) around Europe, which is being organised by NanoDiode and EUSJA, a NanoDiode partner.
The students can play the role of journalists and produce videos focusing on nanotechnology from their own perspective, seek answers about:
• what nanotechnology is;
• which products using nanotechnology they know or use;
• what kind of applications of nanotechnology they want (or do not want) in their future.

Check the practical details for video submission on the NANODIODE website

About Hanns-J. Neubert

Hanns-J. Neubert is a freelance science journalist. He is member of the board of the German science writers TELI, where he has been chaiman from 2001 to 2013. He served EUSJA between 2004 and 2012 as Vice-Preisident and President.