Nanotechnology has been compared to the great events of human history like the industrial revolution or the discovery of antibiotics. Nanotechnology is the application of science to utilize nano size tools and matter for applications not possible at larger sizes. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter and nanomaterials are typically one to 100 nanometers in diameter. But because of this nano-size, the characteristics and properties change so dramatically, that in addition to the new applications, they pose new risks as well as opportunities for society.
Victoria Sutton, MPA, PhD, JD is a distinguished law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law and is author of eight law books and numerous law articles, and winner of several book awards. She is also a filmmaker. She teaches courses in emerging technologies law, nanotechnology law, biosecurity law, space law, environmental law and cybersecurity law. She has also served as an advisor on cybersecurity and biosecurity for government agencies.