Do You Know What Nano Means?

Nano may mean small, very small, but when it comes to making your body work it is big, very big. If your fingernail is about one millimeter thick, and a nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter, you can imagine that there are a lot of nanomaterials making up that small space. Read More

Did you know that nano is going on right behind your eyes? Nanoscience technology can help us understand our world so much better.

Yes, the human body works so well because it is made of millions and millions of very small, nanosized materials.  These nanosized materials work together to make sure you can see, hear, taste, touch, smell, move, have emotion, and stay healthy.

Take your blood for example – this life giving fluid, that pumps oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, is actually made up of many particles.  The ones we know best are: plasma, platelets, and cells.  But even these are too big to be considered nano.  Consider that each are made up of even smaller materials – and given the small size of these materials they have unique properties, and can therefore do phenomenal things.  The nanosized structures that make up red blood cells mean they are strong enough to withstand the heart’s pumping yet flexible enough to bend when entering tiny blood vessels (called capillaries).

But what happens when your body isn’t working as it should? Understanding nanoscience technology (such as biology, chemistry and kinesiology) not only helps us understand the healthy human body, it also helps us develop new ways to heal sickness or repair damage.  Have you ever thought about what is going on beneath your Band-Aid when your blood is clotting and your skin cells are regenerating to cover your wound?

To get involved in nanoscience relating to the human body you can consider a career in medicine, medical research or pharmaceutical research. For a career in these fields, you need to complete your grade 12 diploma, with a concentration on math and science. Then you’ll need to complete 4 year Bachelor of Science degree. To further specialize in an area of study, you can continue your schooling with a Masters or PhD in the area that interests you.

Before you prepare for a career in nanoscience, or change your career direction, make sure there is a good fit with who you are and what you want.  Check out this website to read about 500+ occupations.  Plus get information on everything from job duties, working conditions, salaries and advancement opportunities to personal characteristics and educational qualifications.

Nano may mean small, very small, but when it comes to making your body work it is big, very big. If your fingernail is about one millimeter thick, and a nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter, you can imagine that there are a lot of nanomaterials making up that small space.