NanoAwareness is an informative audiovisual content project designed by the SAMCA Chair of Nanotechnology at the University of Zaragoza to demonstrate how research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is present in many of the everyday objects that surround us.
The project is presented from an innovative approach: each episode starts with the encounter and analysis of a consumer product that we find in our daily life with some special feature and we will make a journey to the centre of the object. In this journey to its interior, we analyse what the product and its components are like on the nanometric scale and how the qualities it has are possible in part or in whole thanks to Nanoscience and the manipulation of matter on this scale. Our idea is to visually and metaphorically materialise Richard Feynman’s idea when he spoke of “there is plenty of room at the bottom” in his famous 1959 lecture.
Nanotechnology is a topical subject and research in this field, thanks to the work and manipulation of matter on the nano-scale, yields surprising results that are very different from what happens on a higher scale. The behaviour of matter on this subatomic scale is surprising because it has different characteristics and provokes curiosity, capturing our attention and making us want to learn more about the possibilities it can have. The narration of the videos offers a journey from the surface of an everyday consumer product to its interior, seeing everything that nanotechnology brings to its development. A field in which the research groups of the SAMCA Chair of Nanotechnology at the University of Zaragoza are an international benchmark.
The project has been co-funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT).