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Nanotechnology - A Path to a Sustainable Future

Goyal S1* and Ghildiyal A2

1Department of Biotechnology, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

2Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

*Corresponding Author:
Sakshi Goyal
Department of Biotechnology
Graphic Era University, Dehradun
Uttarakhand, India
Tel: 17027147001

Received Date: 17/11/2016; Accepted Date: 20/11/2016; Published Date: 30/11/2016

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Nanotechnology is a varied area of technology which offers with floor technology, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics and micro- fabrication and so on. It’s far the usage of era on the nano (10-9) degree. A fundamental definition of nanotechnology is the examine manipulation and manufacture of highly minute machines or devices. The related studies and applications are similarly diverse, ranging from extension of conventional physics to completely new techniques primarily based upon developing new substances with new dimensions on nanoscale. Scientists presently debate the destiny implications of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology can be capable of create many new substances and gadgets with a great variety of applications, which embody medication, electronics, biomaterials and so on. From the contemporary overview paper we are able to finish that nanomaterial’s is located to have massive applications in diverse fields which have been described inside the paper. So, we can finish that Nanotechnology performs a prime position in nowadays studies paintings.


Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials, Supramolecular, Fabrication, Nanotubes.


Nanotechnology attracts its name from the prefix “nano”. A nanometre is one-billionth of a metera distance identical to 2 to 20 atoms (depending on what sort of atom) laid down next to every other. Nanotechnology (“nanotech”) is manipulation of be counted on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale [1-5]. The earliest, tremendous description of nanotechnology acknowledged the precise technological purpose of exactly manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale merchandise, moreover now referred to as molecular nanotechnology [6]. An extra generalized description of nanotechnology was subsequently mounted with the aid of the country wide Nanotechnology Initiative, which defines nanotechnology due to the fact that the manipulation of don’t forget with at least one dimension sized from 1 to a hundred nanometers. Nanotechnology is taken into consideration in recent times an interdisciplinary area that works tightly with other medical disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology in addition to engineering. Nanotechnology as defined by way of dimension is naturally very enormous, which includes fields of science as diverse as surface technological know-how, natural and organic chemistry [7-12], molecular biology, semiconductor physics, micro fabrication, etc. Nanotechnology may be capable of create many new substances and devices with a significant variety of packages, which includes in nanomedicine [13-15], Nano electronics, biomaterials [16-19] energy manufacturing, and client products.

Nanotechnology has progressed quick as the innovative unrest that offers with the control of tally number on a nuclear and atomic scale. Researchers have accurately controlled substance particles and atoms for manufacture of macroscale items with a broad assortment of uses. That merchandise is called engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) [20-25] and has found an expansion of programs in critical technological fields, in particular in pharmacology and biomedical products.


The term “nano-era” changed into first utilized by Norio Taniguchi in 1974. For this reason, emergence of nanotechnology as a field inside the 1980s came to fruition through meeting of Drexler’s hypothetical and open artistic creations, which developed and advanced a reasonable structure for nanotechnology, and excessive-visibility experimental advances that drew additional extensive-scale interest to the possibilities of atomic control of be counted within the 1980s, two principal breakthroughs sparked the boom of nanotechnology in current era. First the invention of Scanning Tunnel Microscope and second fullerenes [26-29].

Nanotechnology is the engineering of practical systems on the molecular scale. This covers each present day work and concepts which are greater advanced. In its unique experience, nanotechnology refers back to the projected potential to construct items from the lowest up, the use of techniques and gear being advanced today to make whole, excessive performance products. These new phenomena make nanotechnology awesome from devices which are simply miniaturised versions of an equal macroscopic [30,31] tool; such gadgets are on a larger scale and are available underneath the outline of micro technology. Two primary methods are utilized in nanotechnology. Inside the “rear up” strategy, materials and gadgets are developed from sub-atomic segments which gather themselves artificially by way of concepts of molecular recognition. Inside the “pinnacle-down” technique, nano-gadgets are made out of large entities without atomic-level manipulate.

Current Research


Nanomaterial’s as the ones which have based components and not using a much less than one size an extraordinary deal beneath 100 nm. Substances which have one dimension inside the nanoscale, consisting of grapheme [32-34], skinny films or floor coatings. Materials which can be nanoscale in dimensions embody nanowires and nanotubes. Materials that are nanoscales in three dimensions are debris include precipitates, colloids and quantum dots. Nanocrystalline [35-37] materials, made of nanometre-sized grains, also fall into this category.

Residences of Nanomaterials

• In tandem with floor-location effects, quantum consequences can begin to dominate the houses of rely as size is reduced to the nanoscale. Those can have an effect on the optical, electrical and magnetic behaviour of substances, especially as the shape or particle size approaches the smaller end of the nanoscale. Materials that make the most these results encompass quantum dots [38-41], and quantum properly lasers for optoelectronics.

• For different materials consisting of crystalline solids, as the scale in their structural components decreases, there is an awful lot more interface area within the material; this will significantly have an effect on each mechanical and electrical homes.

• Nanoscale materials inclusive of Nano pillars are once in a while utilized in solar cells which combats the value of traditional Silicon solar cells [42-44].

• Latest programs of nanomaterials consist of quite a number biomedical applications [45,46], along with tissue engineering, drug shipping, and biosensors.

Classifications of Nanomaterials

The classification of Nanomaterials is described below in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Classifications of Nanomaterials.

Properties of Nanotechnology

Nanoparticles often have specific physical and chemical properties:

• For instance, the electronic, optical, and chemical properties of nanoparticles can be very extraordinary from those of each component within the bulk. On the nano scale, materials behave very in another way compared to larger scales and it is still very difficult to expect the physical and chemical residences of particles of such a completely small size.

• The most important parameters of nanoparticles [47] are their shape, length, floor traits and internal shape. Nanoparticles can be encountered as aerosols (solids or beverages in air), suspensions (solids in liquids) or as emulsions (beverages in drinks). In the presence of certain chemical compounds, residences of nanoparticles can be modified. Circuitously such dealers can stabilise towards coagulation or aggregation through holding particle charge and with the aid of editing the outmost layer of the particle. At the nanoparticle - liquid interface, polyelectrolytes have been utilised to modify surface houses and the interactions among debris and their environment. They have been utilized in a huge range of technologies, together with adhesion, lubrication, stabilization [48,49] and managed flocculation of colloidal dispersions.

• In some unspecified time in the future among the Angstrom level and the micrometre scale, the easy picture of a nanoparticle as a ball or droplet changes. Both bodily and chemical homes are derived from atomic and molecular beginning in a complex manner. For instance the electronic and optical residences and the chemical reactivity of small clusters are absolutely different from the better known belongings of every element inside the bulk or at prolonged surfaces. Entangled quantum mechanical styles are required to expect the advancement of such houses with molecule length, and for the most part extremely all around characterized conditions are expected to think about analyses and hypothetical forecasts.

Processes of Nanotechnology

Bottom Up Approaches

• DNA nanotechnology uses the specificity of Watson-Crick base matching to collect all around portrayed structures out of DNA and other nucleic acids.

• Atomic pressure microscope recommendations can be used as a nanoscale to deposit a chemical upon a floor in a preferred sample in a technique called dip pen nanolithography. This technique suits into the larger subfield of nanolithography.

• More normally, molecular self-assembly seeks to apply standards of supramolecular chemistry, and molecular popularity in particular, to reason unmarried-molecule additives to automatically set up themselves into some beneficial conformation.

Top Down Approaches

• It refers to slicing or successive reducing of a bulk material to get nano sized particle

• The largest trouble with pinnacle down approach is the imperfection of floor structure and tremendous crystallographic [50] damage to the processed patterns. These imperfections which in flip results in greater demanding situations inside the tool layout and fabrication. But this technique leads to the bulk manufacturing of nano material. Regardless of the defects produced by top down approach, they may preserve to play an important function inside the synthesis of nano systems [51].

• Pinnacle down method maximum probably introduces inner stress, similarly to surface defects and contaminations. Down method most probably introduces internal strain, similarly to floor defects and contaminations.

Applications of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology represents modern changes in 21st century with its non-stop advancements and progression with time and in knowledge. It has applications in each and each fields of technological knowhow leaving any components untouched.

Food and Bioprocessing Industries

Food is “nanofood” when nanoparticles, nanotechnology methodologies or instruments are utilized amid development, generation, preparing, or bundling of the sustenance. It does now not mean atomically modified food or meals produced with the aid of nanomachines.

The food and bioprocessing enterprise [52] is dealing with big demanding situations for growing and enforcing systems which can produce excessive nice, secure ingredients as well as feeds whilst also being green, environmentally desirable, and sustainable. Nanotechnology packages in the meals industry variety from clever packaging to introduction of on-call for interactive meals that lets in purchasers to alter food, relying at the dietary needs and tastes.

In Drug Delivery

Nanomedicine has been placing ahead several therapeutic principles that disrupt the manner we had been dealing with most cancers therapy, i.e. nanoparticles as drug shipping dealers, minimising side consequences and toxicity of the medicine [53].

Silicon Box Containing Pancreatic Beta Cells

In this the container containing pancreatic beta cells [54] is surrounded thru a cloth with totally particular nanopore duration (about 20 nanometres in diameter). Those permit the passing of glucose and insulin but inhibit the entrance of other immunosuppressant cells. These are embedded under the skin of patients

Nano Pumps

These insulin pumps use islet beta cells [55] to create insulin and supply it as needed. The pump is nanoetched with silicon membranes with spores that permit simplest insulin to transport out whereas inhibits other unimportant cells to move interior that might assault implanted beta cells. A nanoinsulin pump might be a great deal smaller than existing implantable insulin pumps and could be plenty longer lasting and easier to insert into the affected person

Within the Management of Melanoma

Cancer [56-59] is a common malignancy with an excessive survival charge among those diagnosed early. Nanotechnology, gives outstanding potential in revolutionizing the control of melanoma. The scope of such molecules extends to therapeutic packages consisting of photodynamic and photograph thermic remedy in which moderate is transformed to warmth to combat neoplastic lesions [60-64]; immunotherapy [65-68] wherein nanoparticles are used as immunomodulators [69-72] or vaccines against cancer cells; and gene therapy which targets pro-oncogenes on sign transduction pathways.

In Dermatology and Cosmetics

Nano dermatology represents one of the most emerging fields for which a growing hobby is growing amongst scientists in addition to pharmaceutical agencies. Nanotechnology has revolutionized the treatment of numerous skin illnesses. It’s far powerful in targeted shipping of active medicaments [73] and cosmetic substances. The skin bureaucracy the primary point of touch for a numerous variety of nanomaterials. Viable packages of nanotechnology in dermatology and cosmetics encompass sunscreens, moisturizers, anti-getting older formulations, phototherapy [74,75], ani-sepsis, vaccines, pores and skin cancers, hair and nail care, and many others.

Destiny Reserch and its Scope

Green Chemistry for Nanotechnology

“Green synthesis” or “inexperienced Nanotechnology” is a brand new platform to layout novel merchandise that is benevolent to human and surroundings health and has huge capability to revolutionize huge scale Nano synthesis approaches. These inexperienced synthesis methods for nanomaterials are speculated to gain environmental and biomedicine [76,77] segments of nanotechnology applications in destiny. As according to the document by ACS inexperienced Chemistry Institute, the important thing challenges in green nanotechnology are:

• Technical limitations

• Coping with of toxicity of nanomaterial’s

• Regulatory guidelines for synthesis

• Commercial deployment of scale up tactics

Nanotechnology for Practical Ingredients and Nutraceuticals

With the aid of making use of the new standards and engineering methods concerned in nanomaterials to target the shipping of bioactive compounds and micronutrients [78-80]. Nanomaterials permit higher encapsulation and launch performance of the active meals ingredients in comparison to traditional encapsulating sellers, and the development of nano-emulsions, liposomes, micelles, biopolymer [81-83] complexes and cubosomes have caused progressed houses for bioactive compounds protection, managed transport structures, meals matrix integration, and covering undesired flavors.

Graphene Applied Science in Strength

Graphene based mostly nanomaterials have several promising programs in energy connected areas. As associate instance-Graphene improves every strength capability and rate rate in reversible batteries; motivated graphene makes predominant supercapacitors [84,85] for electricity garage; graphene electrodes may also cause a promising methodology for creating star cells that area unit cheaper, lightweight and flexible; and multifunctional graphene mats area unit promising substrates for drug frameworks (Figure 2).


Figure 2: Schematic fashions of chemical techniques toward graphene from exceptional carbon assets.

Cancer Nanotechnology

Nanoscale devices used for remedy of cancer are based on the look at of most cancers cells and nanotechnology.

• Nanoscale devices which are smaller than 50 nanometers can without issues enter most cells, while those smaller than 20 nanometers can circulate out of blood vessels as they circulate via the frame.

• Nanoscale gadgets have the capability to substantially alternate cancer remedy for the higher and to dramatically growth the quantity of exceedingly effective therapeutic agents [86-88].

• Nanoscale constructs, for instance, have to characteristic customizable, targeted drug delivery cars capable of ferrying big doses of chemotherapeutic stores or healing genes into malignant cells even as sparing healthful cells, which may greatly, lessen or get rid of the frequently unpalatable facet effects that accompany many contemporary most cancers healing tactics [89,90].

Nanotecnology in India

• IIT Mumbai is the best employer within the area of nanotechnology.

• Research in the area of health, environment, and medicines are nevertheless on [91,92].

• Starting in 2001 the government of india released the Nanoscience and era Initiative (NSTI)

• Then in 2007 the nanoscience and generation mission 2007 became initiated with an allocation of rupees one thousand crores for duration of 5 years.

• The primary goals of the Nanomission are:

➢ Simple research promoting [93-100];

➢ Infrastructure improvement for carrying out the front- ranking research

➢ Improvement of nanotechnologies and their application;

➢ Human aid development and international collaborations.


Nano era is one of the correctly area in science & generation due to its increase scope. It may produce fantastic and convential exchange in an effort to assist both human and environment. Nanotechnology, among all its challenges and possibilities, it's far an unavoidable part of our future. The opportunity of nanotechnology research became substantial and several. The researchers had been packed with optimism, and products based totally on this generation are starting to make their research paintings more top notch. The quantity to which nanotechnology will effect on our lives handiest depends at the restrict of human ingeninity. It is able to rightly be stated that nanotechnology is slowly however gradually accompanying within the next “commercial revolution”. With a few exceptions, nanotechnology nonetheless residues in university, laboratories, companies and studies faculties. As such nanotechnology is era in which maximum of the work is to be done in the future and until now.