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DNA Nanotechnology

DNA Nanotechnology

DNA is a natural nanomolecule stretching two nanometers wide (or two billionth of a meter).  DNA nanotechnology uses chemical and physical forces to guide the DNA molecule into forming ordered structures or shapes. Potential uses for DNA nanotechnology range from creating miniature computers to capsules for delivering drugs.

Materials for DNA Nanotechnology


Size of the Nanoscale

Description: Visual illustrations of the nanoscale with a link to an animation demonstrating "The Scale of the Universe"


About Nanotechnology

Description: An overview on nanotechnology, including its uses and social implications

Beyond Genetics: DNA in Nanotechnology

Description: A look at why DNA remains an area of interest to nanoscientists

Learn About Nanotechnology in Cancer

Description: Learn about how nanotechnology is currently being used in cancer diagnosis and treatment, and about potential future uses

Teaching Future Nanoscientists in Classrooms Today (PDF 929.27 KB)

Description: An article on making counterintuitive and mysterious phenomena more understandable and approachable in order to pave the way for future nanoscientists and nanotechnicians.


Interactive Tutorials

DIY Nano App

Description: Use the DIY Nano app to experience and learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The app provides free, easy to use, hands-on activities that includes a materials lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations. The app links to videos and the website where you can find more information.

Labs & Experiments

DNA Nanotechnology (21.4 MB)

Description: A hands-on DNA extraction activity with teaching materials on how nanoscientists study DNA and use it to make other nanoscale materials.

Teacher Resources

Thinnest Material

Description: Learn about the thinnest material in the world that was created using nanotechnology.


Intro to Nanomedicine

Description: A video introduction to nanomedicine.