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Nanoscience: An interview with Dr Annela Seddon

I recently interviewed Dr Annela Seddon from the University of Bristol: a Senior Lecturer who studies nanoscience, and the director of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.

As many research institutes start developing more materials with better properties, we are coming to recognise nanoscience as a breakthrough. Some objects of this scale may have unusual chemical and physical properties, and scientists are looking through these properties aiming to find the potential behind each one. By picking out the useful properties and applying them into industry, we can significantly speed up the development of a wide range of disciplines from medicine to energy retention.

Along with these benefits, there are also many challenges in using and developing nanotechnology. We may harm the environment, and therefore while advancing this relatively new phenomenon we need to recognise the potential risks that come with it and try to control and reduce them.