While some have been lamenting the UKs lack of progress in nanotechnology, industry has been simply getting on with it.
Open up any nanotechnology company web site and you will find pictures of bunny suited workers beavering away in clean rooms. While that may be true in some applications, much of nanotechnology is simply about producing materials. A typical nanotube production plant often appears to be nothing more than a small vacuum chamber attached to the power supply from an arc welder. UK manufacturer Thomas Swan and Co just sent us this picture of their new plant in Consett, County Durham which illustrates the reality of the chemicals business - hard hats and overalls.
The laser tweezers and electron microscopes come in later.
Posted by Cientifica at April 14, 2004 12:30 PM
Scanning electron micrograph of Elicarb(tm) material taken in
partnership with INEX