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A new generation of technology is rising, with the capability to fight diseases with unprecedented accuracy, reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions considerably, improve a vast array of electronic devices dramatically, and counter the rising threat of bioterrorism. And that’s just the beginning.

Applying their expertise in the study of materials, light and biological processes at the nanometer scale, our faculty and students are advancing a robust portfolio of solutions for global challenges.

BU nanotechnology researchers in engineering, medicine, biology and other disciplines are teaming up to tackle some of the world’s most critical problems in health care, energy and the environment, information and communications systems, and security. Innovative training programs, such as the undergraduate nanotechnology concentration and at the Center for Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology, are bringing that knowledge to the classroom.

From working to deliver high concentrations of chemotherapy directly into cancer cells to developing industrial strength lasers for materials processing, research at BU is focused on the ways microscopic nanostructures are making some very big advances possible.


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What Is Nanotechnology?

Ready to think small? Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding field that operates on a tiny scale—with engineers designing processes and devices as small as millionths of a millimeter. Engineers with expertise in nanotechnology are becoming increasingly valuable as our technology gets smaller and smaller—and more sophisticated.

Nanotechnology has applications in every engineering discipline, and engineers who specialize in nanotechnology contribute to life-altering innovations in a range of fields:

  • Medicine—where they’re delivering highly targeted medicines and creating synthetic DNA
  • Energy—where they’re creating nanomaterials for use in solar panels and fuel cells
  • Defense—where they’re designing nanoscale devices for detecting chemical and biological hazards

Graduate-Level Research

In addition, many of our graduate students are involved in nanotechnology research. Several of our labs and centers are dedicated to interdisciplinary research on a nanoscale. They include:

What Does BU Offer?

We offer a concentration in nanotechnology for undergraduates majoring in any field of engineering (mechanical, computer, electrical or biomedical), giving them dual expertise without adding extra courses to their curriculum.

Visit the Nanotechnology website for more information.

View a full-color brochure on nanotechnology research at the College of Engineering