Nanotechnology involves manipulating and controlling atoms and molecules to create useful materials, devices and systems that have new and different properties from what we normally see in our everyday world.

Alberta has had significant success in the commercialization of nanotechnology with leading companies in the areas of circuits/chips, calibration systems and bio-detection as well as nano-biotechnology.

Edmonton plays a large role in the development of nanotechnology in Alberta and is home to The National Institute of Nanotechnology — a joint initiative between the University of Alberta, The National Research Council of Canada and the Government of Alberta. The institute conducts innovative research on nanotechnology solutions with some of the largest and most technologically-advanced nanotechnology facilities in western Canada.