The World beyond Micro

NANOTECHNOLOGY: The World Beyond Micro explores the world of nano dimensions and a growing number of engineered nanomaterials. The film looks at how the property of materials changes due to the effects of a high surface to volume ratio and quantum mechanics. Viewers are taken to industrial sites to see the large-scale production of carbon nanotubes and the production of specialized Kentera polymers in nano-enhanced composites. We also see how gold nanoparticles are made for research and used in tumor ablation and how paramagnetic nanoparticles are used in cancer marker biosensors. The film also looks at Atomic Layer Deposition, ALD, a process Intel uses in nanoscale IC fabrication.

40 minutes / 2012

This film does an excellent job of capturing the status of nanotechnology and the challenges associated with it. If you’re looking for an introduction to this exciting field and an appreciation of the commercialization of these technologies, this is the film for you.Michael Jackson
Associate Professor Microelectronic Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology

It was engaging and interesting. The in-depth explanation of carbon nanotube manufacturing was awesome.Community College freshman
General Chemistry Student Feedback

There is a lack of credible and comprehensive nanotechnology films currently on the market, and this film fills a need.Benjamin A. Weintraub, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Peninsula College
Port Angeles, WA

Nanotechnology TOPIC SUMMARY

  • Micro to Nanoscale
  • The Nanoworld Around us
  • Imaging Tools
  • Surface to Volume Ratio
  • Large Scale Production
  • Nanotechnology Applications
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Nanoparticles in Tumor Ablation
  • Magnetic Nanoparticle Biosensors
  • Nanoscale IC Fabrication


  • Southwest Nanotechnologies (SWeNT)
  • Zyvex Technologies
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • MagArray, Inc.
  • Stanford University Nanocharacterization Laboratory
  • Intel Corporation
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Poly-PEDAL Lab
  • Park Systems

Major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation.