Enabling and Investigative Tools: Measuring Methods, Instruments, and Metrology

  • Dawn A. BonnellEmail author
  • Vinayak P. Dravid
  • Paul S. Weiss
  • David Ginger
  • Keith Jackson
  • Don Eigler
  • Harold Craighead
  • Eric Isaacs
Part of the Science Policy Reports book series (SCIPOLICY, volume 1)


Advances in nanotechnology investigative tools have enabled fundamentally new approaches to the research carried out during the last decade. The crucial role of tools for manipulation and characterization of matter at the nanoscale was articulated by Nobel Laureate Horst Störmer in 1999 at the first U.S. Nanotechnology Research Directions workshop, as follows: “Nanotechnology has given us the tools… to play with the ultimate toy box of nature—atoms and molecules… [This scale] provides an impressive array of novel opportunities to mix-and-match hunks of chemistry and biology with artificially defined, person-made structures. The possibilities to create new things appear endless” ([1], p. viii). The workshop vision at that time was that the promises of nanotechnology could be realized only through “the development of new experimental tools to broaden the capability to measure and to control nanostructured matter, including developing new standards of measurement.” A particular point was made to extend this recommendation to biomolecules (p. xvi).


Scanning probe microscopy Scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy Electron microscopy Synchrotron radiation, X-ray scattering Spatial resolution Time resolution Nanoscale properties Subsurface measurements Nanobio instrumentation Nanolithography Nanofabrication, nanoscale metrology International perspective 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn A. Bonnell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vinayak P. Dravid
    • 2
  • Paul S. Weiss
    • 3
  • David Ginger
    • 4
  • Keith Jackson
    • 5
  • Don Eigler
    • 6
  • Harold Craighead
    • 7
  • Eric Isaacs
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.NUANCE CenterNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.California NanoSystems InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  5. 5.National High Magnetic Field LaboratoryTallahasseeUSA
  6. 6.IBM Almaden Research CenterSan JoseUSA
  7. 7.School of Applied and Engineering PhysicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  8. 8.Argonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA

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