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Your guide to the nanotech world

By Matin Durrani

June 2012 cover
If you’re too busy to keep up to date with all the latest research findings in the ever-growing field of nanotechnology, then the latest Physics World focus issue is the place to get up to speed.

The focus issue, which can be read here, has been produced in association with our sister publication and examines some of the latest advances and applications in nanotechnology.

Published in addition to our monthly magazine, the focus issue includes our pick of the top 20 applications of graphene – the amazing carbon nanomaterial that led to the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics.

There is advice for anyone thinking of founding a nanotech start-up, a look at the potential of using nanotubes to generate “thermopower waves” and a report on sculpting materials at the nanoscale.

It also includes a video filmed at the Manchester University lab of Andre Geim, where the Nobel-prize-winning graphene work was carried out, showing how this ultrathin 2D carbon material is made.

The message of the issue is clear: nanotechnology is swiftly moving beyond pure research and scientists are finally reaping the benefits of new nanomaterials.

As always, let me know your comments on any of the topics covered by e-mailing me at

Click here to access the issue.

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