Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

March25–April 2

NanoDays – March 25-April 2, 2023

NanoDays is a scientific event held from the last weekend in March through the first weekend in April. This year, it takes place from March 25 to April 2. During NanoDays, we honor researchers who are making significant contributions to the field and commendable innovators who are turning research findings into goods and services. We also raise awareness of the discipline’s potential to impact human life positively. NanoDays assist in raising knowledge of nanotechnology, how technologies use it to enhance our everyday lives, and the obstacles and potential it holds for the future. Get ready to look into things considered so minuscule yet life-changing.

History of NanoDays

While working as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Gail Jones developed a fascination with nanotechnology. A nano manipulator, built by her colleagues at the university, enabled her to manipulate an atomic force microscope that used a needle-like probe and provided tactile feedback. Using this innovative instrument, middle and high school students may feel items at the nanoscale, such as cold viruses, without having to leave their classrooms or even leave the building.

Jones’s interest in nanotechnology was piqued as a result of her experience at N.C. State. Dr. Gregory Parsons of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering welcomed her to Raleigh and N.C. State Nanotechnology Initiative, which was just getting started at the time she arrived. In charge of the teaching component of the Nano Initiative was Jones, an Alumni Graduate Distinguished Professor in STEM Education.

Having seen that the necessity to impart knowledge in the realm of nanotechnology extends beyond graduate students, she founded an annual event known as NanoDays to address this need. The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network seized on the idea and developed it into a national event. Jones served on the organization’s advisory board and launched this nationwide endeavor. In 2016, NanoDays took place at over 250 science museums, research institutes, and universities from Puerto Rico to Hawaii.

NanoDays timeline

1959
Introduction of Nanotechnology

Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is the first to present nanotechnology.

1991
Nanotube

Nanotubes are discovered to be a novel type of carbon with a cylindrical nanostructure, which was previously unidentified as such.

1996
C60

‘Buckyball’ C60 is discovered by researchers Robert Curl and Sir Harold Kroto as well as Richard Smalley, and they receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

2016
NanoDays

Around the country, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, NanoDays activities are conducted in more than 250 scientific museums, research institutes, and universities to celebrate science and technology.

NanoDays FAQs

What materials are used to create nanotechnology?

Nano-sized particles exist in nature and can be synthesized from a variety of materials, including carbon or minerals such as silver, but they must have at minimum one dimension smaller than around 100 nanometers to be considered a nanomaterial.

What role does nanotechnology play in everyday use?

Numerous technology and industry sectors, including information technology, national defense, healthcare, transportation, power generation, food security, and environmental science, are benefiting from nanotechnology, which is helping to significantly improve, if not completely revolutionize, their respective operations and products.

What is the smallest size of nano?

In the International System of Units, nano denotes one-billionth or 10 to nine; as a result, one nanometer equals one-billionth of a meter.

NanoDays Activities

  1. Find nano in nature

    Some of the most beautiful and intriguing things we see in nature are caused by nanoscale features that are unique to them. Natural phenomena, such as the iridescent color of butterfly wings, the self-cleaning abilities of lotus leaves, and the ‘sticky’ feet of geckos are all caused by nanoscale structures. Nature can serve as a source of inspiration for scientists working on innovative materials.

  2. Share on social media

    Using an image, video, graphic, or infographic regarding nanotechnology, explain what nanotechnology is, why it is essential, and what applications it may be used for on social media. Spreading the message about nanotechnology is important as we know its everyday use.

  3. Partake in D.I.Y. nano projects

    If you have kids, you can have fun making nanotechnology with them. You can also host it with your friends and have some fun with them.

5 Interesting Facts About Nano

  1. Etymology

    The word ‘nano’ is derived from the Greek word ‘nanos,’ which means ‘dwarf’ in English.

  2. Nanotube properties

    Novel qualities of nanotubes include their exceptional strength as well as their distinct electrical capabilities.

  3. Commercial use

    In the commercial world, nanotechnology is already being used in items ranging from mobile phones and computer discs to tennis rackets and golf clubs to skincare products and cosmetics, among other things.

  4. Collection of disciplines

    Nanoscience is a collection of disciplines rather than a single science and is a platform that incorporates biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering.

  5. Nanotechnology is multidisciplinary

    The field of nanotechnology encompasses a wide range of expertise from physicists, biologists, and chemists all collaborating with mechanical and electronic engineers, medical researchers, and materials experts, and through pooling and exchanging knowledge on tools and methodologies, nanoscale research is united.

Why We Love NanoDays

  1. It’s like nature

    The information gained by engineers and scientists working at the nanoscale allows them to construct and build in the same way that nature does: atom by atom, molecule by molecule. All of these microscopic particles have a significant effect.

  2. It shows us upcoming technologies

    The scope of nanotechnology research has extended to include upcoming technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) printer materials and bio-inspired materials. Presently, nanoscale science is not only concerned with materials and their applications but is also concerned with the manipulation of nanoscale materials.

  3. It’s the development of novel materials

    In addition to renewable energy and medicinal advancements, nanoscience researchers are developing novel materials for enhanced manufacturing as well as speedier computers and environmentally friendly habitats. These materials will have a huge impact on our environment soon.

NanoDays dates

YearDateDay
2022March 26Saturday
2023March 25Saturday
2024March 30Saturday
2025March 29Saturday
2026March 28Saturday

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.