Design of the nanoworld
02 Matter | Design of the nanoworld
Tomorrow's materials will no longer be created by chance or as a result of chemists' intuition: they will originate on a drawing board. Atom by atom, molecule by molecule, they will be constructed by design and tailored to the required properties. These materials of the future are helping to master the challenges our global society is facing: it is thanks to them that we will remain healthy for longer, exchange information even more quickly and use energy more economically. Their design requires knowledge of how matter is structured on the nanometre level (one millionth of a millimetre) and, above all, an understanding of the phenomena in this quantum and nanocosmos, which are often very different than those in the environment we see around us.