In other words, Nanotechnology is the creation and utilization of materials, devices, and systems through the control of matter on the nanometer-length scale. That is, at the level of atoms, molecules, and supermolecular structures. It is a highly multidisciplinary field, drawing from fields such as colloidal science, device physics and supramolecular chemistry.
Nanotechnology is one of the emerging technology areas where Nigeria is lacking in expertise.
It is classified in the same group as ICT and biotechnology.
Already, the technology is being used in advanced economies of the WEST and SOUTH-EAST Asia, to create high technology industries in areas of electronics, medicine, development of new materials and space. Nanotechnology has been identified as one of the technologies of the technologies of the future for Nigeria.
This is therefore the time to key into the global network of research and development efforts. NASENI has been charged with this responsibility.
The technology has potential applications in energy, medicine (diagnosis and treatment of diseases and environmental ills), nano-porous materials for water filtration, agriculture, electronics etc.
Currently, a road map and business plan for the successful take off of Nigeria's Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Programme is being drawn whichare in the areas of Nanomedicine, Nanoelectronics and Nano Structured and Nanoporous materials. A National Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials is being established to be located under NASENI.
Under the Nigerian Nanotechnology Initiatives, the programmes currently running includes:
*. NASENI's Nanoparticle Production Workshop and Training