3.5.2 Nanotechnology Impact
Nanotechnology and nanostructured materials have the potential to significantly impact efficiency, storage, and production of energy. Such applications can be used to monitor and remediate environmental problems, and develop new, green processing technologies that minimise the generation of undesirable by-product effluents.
Low dimensionality magnets may in the future form the basis of technologies like information storage, permanent magnets, colour printers, etc. Highlighted areas include the quest for magneto-electronics and the importance of novel interfacial magnetic coupling phenomena. Nanomagnetism includes the artificial structuring of magnetic materials on a submicron level and natural occurring magnetic entities such as molecules and clusters. Here the emphasis will be on the macroscopic behaviours found in single domains of quantum spins, quantum coherence, dissipation and tunnelling of magnetisation and disorder effects.
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