Part I: Nanotechnology in the beginning

We talk to our panel about some of the key achievements that catalysed the explosive growth in research activity in nanoscale systems over the past couple of decades, including scanning probe techniques, the emergence of new nanoscale structures and self-assembly.

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Part II: Nanotechnology now

In this part of the discussion we identify areas that have a critical role in driving the field forward at present, including increasing technical capabilities, technological demand, and pure curiosity, as well as the specific topics prominent in current research.

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Part III: Future prospects of nanotechnology

Our panelists describe what they think will be important in nanotechnology research in the next 25 years, highlighting approaches that embrace multidisciplinarity and the inherent complexity of systems, as well as supporting the next generation of researchers and good communication.

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Professor Christoph Gerber

Professor Christoph Gerber is Director of Scientific Communication and founding member of the NCCR (National Center of Competence in Research Nanoscale Science) in Switzerland. Professor Gerber is also co-inventor of the atomic force microscope.

Professor Franz Gießibl

Professor Franz Gießibl is Chairing Professor for the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at the University of Regensburg in Germany. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his work in nanoscale science, in particular scanning probe microscopy.

Professor James K Gimzewski

Professor James K Gimzewski is the Faculty Director of the Nano & Pico Characterization core lab at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA in the US. He is a pioneering researcher in a number of fields in nanoscale electronics.

These podcasts first appeared in the journal Nanotechnology.