Nanoscience

Nanoscience is about the properties of materials at the atomic and molecular level: at the nano-scale.

This involves materials and devices with diameters of between 1 and 100 billionths of a metre.

Studying in this area involves learning about quantum mechanics and molecular self-assembly.

Applications include the creation of new materials and devices for use in electronics, medicine, biomaterials, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Did you know?

One nanometer is equal to one billionth (10−9) of a metre.

In comparative terms, the relative size of a nanometer to a metre is the same as the relative size of a marble to the Earth.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Nanoscientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

171% of national
median earnings


Employment

82%
Employed
0%
Unemployed
9%
Further study
9%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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