Current Perspectives in Nanotechnology Terminology and Nomenclature

  • Fred Klaessig
  • Martha Marrapese
  • Shuji Abe
Part of the Nanostructure Science and Technology book series (NST)


At the time of writing this chapter, early in 2010, several reports have been issued that differ in definitions used for nanotechnology, which is not unusual considering the large number of conferences, reports, papers and presentations given each year on this subject. It is in fact very difficult to follow developments in this field, and the multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology almost invites a similar multiplicity of definitions as each specialty (or scientific discipline) adjusts to the new findings of what is a dynamic research effort. However, the same dynamism leads to ambiguity in meanings and to uncertainty in the overall impact this field will have when products are commercialized. In this chapter, we will be visiting the several dimensions, societal, governmental and technical, and thereby highlighting the challenges facing terminology and nomenclature efforts.


Control Vocabulary Nanoscale Material Nomenclature System Work Item American National Standard Institute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems, LLCDoylestownUSA

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