Chemistry Word of the Week: Nanoparticle

What it is: A group of atoms (often of metallic elements) assembled into a structure ranging in size from a billionth to a few hundred billionths of a meter (i.e., 1 to hundreds of nanometers). It’s something in between a regular molecule and a macroscopic object.

Why you should care:
Creative ways to make nanoparticles have proliferated over the last couple of decades. These diverse little guys are useful for a wide range of applications, from catalysts to fabrics.

Read about a recent discovery involving nanoparticles.

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