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Nanotechnology update

Four years ago, CNRS International Magazine covered the spectacular take-off of nanoscience and nanotechnology, set to revolutionize entire disciplines, from medicine to electronics. What progress has been made since then? Are there already real-world applications? Have there been any catastrophic failures? What new challenges face today's researchers—and what is France's role in this rapidly-expanding field? Last October, the country's public debate commission (CNDP),(1) launched a national debate on nanotechnology. CNRS International Magazine revisits the field and explores its latest discoveries to take a look at the current state of play. Our first finding? That nanotechnology is indeed delivering on its promise.

Special report by Philippe Testard-Vaillant


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