Dimensionality is an important concept that has been applied to many different fields of study. Most objects thought of have three dimensions. They have substantial lengths, widths, and heights. However, upon minimizing one of these dimensions the object no longer is considered a three dimensional object but rather a two dimensional. Furthermore, minimizing another creates a one dimensional and finally then a zero dimensional object.
Each of these categorizations creates different types of objects to study. The three dimensional objects are those like a cube, the two dimensional are called films, the one dimensional are called wires, and the zero dimensional are known as particles. Each of these dimensions can cause objects to have different properties and so are important aspects to consider when working with materials.
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech