NANONICA believes in the current mature and productive Nanotechnology which is infinitely large in possibilities and has an enormous growth potential.

NANONICA is awarding a prize in nanotechnology in order to enhance the translation of this potential into reality.

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Nanonica's Vision of Nanotechnology

As the twentieth century dawned, science peered into the microscopic world of atoms and studied their structure. Einstein contributed his theory of relativity, and quantum mechanics guided our understanding of the dual behavior of waves and particles and their uncertainties. All this, together with the new systemic theories in biology and the advances in molecular biology paved the way to a thorough revision of the book of nature.

Breakthroughs in science have driven technology development, providing new and better instrumentation for observation and research, which in turn, have generated new knowledge in all scientific fields in an ever growing feedback loop. This established a clear interdependence between both disciplines which exploded in the 60's and 70's with the computer revolution and molecular biology. Thus contemporary technoscience was born, focused on Research, Development and Innovation.

Technoscience revived the classical concept of knowledge being an instrument for global transformation and intervention. Intervention is "solving problems", foreseeing, anticipating, controlling and innovating. This vision defines a clear and unavoidable responsibility framework for "assessing values" which as well as epistemic, methodological and economic values must include ethical values and our global responsibility towards the ecosystem in which Man plays a central role.

Technoscience enabled the study and development of the infinitely small, down to the nano scale, and this gave rise to the discovery and development of nanotechnology.

Once the basic structure of the atom and the quantum behavior of particles and waves were understood, the next step was to go beyond the internal structure of the atom and study the grammar and syntax of its bonds which form nanometric elements and nanometric building blocks, which we call "nanotechnology molecules", and to analyze their properties and potential applications.

Nanotechnology is an extremely multidisciplinary field, as much in the discovery or basic research level as in applied research.

After a period of over ten years of an exploratory phase guided by curiosity and lab testing, in the 21st century, Nanotechnology is established.