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Nanosciences investigates the fundamental and functional properties of atoms, molecules and objects on the nanoscale. These properties are often completely different from the macroscopic properties but can still have a big impact on the behaviour of a given product or living cell.

For example, the minuscule displacement of atoms on an interface could significantly affect a given material's binding energy, fragility or electrical conductivity. On the surface of a small particle, such displacements can fundamentally influence its catalytic properties, while the electrical conductivity of a carbon nanotube depends on its exact atomic structure and its internal structure can in turn determine its chemical and mechanical properties.