Nanometers to Micrometers Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between Nanometers and Micrometers (nm to μm). Micrometers are also known as Microns.

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  1. How many Nanometers in a Micrometer?
  2. Difference between Nanometers and Micrometers
  3. How to convert Nanometers to Micrometers
  4. nm to μm conversion table

    How many Nanometers in a Micrometer?

Nanometers and micrometers are metric units that measure length. According to the International System of Units (SI) their appropriate symbols are nm and μm. Compared to the basic metric unit – the meter – the nm is one-billionth, and the μm – one-millionth of its size. Therefore, 1 micrometer is equal to 1,000 nm.

    Difference between Nanometers and Micrometers

Both units are of such small scale, that their application is strictly connected to science. Micro- and nanometers are largely used in biology or chemistry – spheres where people measure and manipulate objects at an atomic level.

A popular usage of the nanometer is in regards to electromagnetic radiation wavelength near the spectrum – most people are taught in school that visible light ranges between 400 and 700 nm. The famous physicist Albert Einstein has calculated that the sucrose molecule’s length is equal to 1 nm.

The micrometer is a unit that measures cell sizes and radiation wavelengths, and that grades wool by the diameter of its fibers. For example, typically bacteria are about 1 μm in length. A human hair ranges between 9 and 90 μm in radius, whereas that of a wool fiber can be from 5 to 28 μm.

Formerly, the micrometer would be called a micron. However, that term was revoked by the SI in 1967. The nanometer being 1/1,000 of a μm, would be referred to as millimicrometer, or millimicron.

    How to convert Nanometers to Micrometers

You can easily convert nanometers to micrometers using this formula:

nm / 1,000 = μm.

Nm to μm conversion example

Sample task: convert 5 nanometers to micrometers. Solution:

nm / 1000 = μm
5 nm / 1,000 = 0.0050 μm
End result:
5 nm is equal to 0.0050 μm

    nm to μm conversion table

nm to μm conversion table
nm μm
1 nm 0.001000 μm
2 nm 0.002000 μm
3 nm 0.003000 μm
4 nm 0.004000 μm
5 nm 0.005000 μm
6 nm 0.006000 μm
7 nm 0.007000 μm
8 nm 0.008000 μm
9 nm 0.009000 μm
10 nm 0.01 μm
20 nm 0.02 μm
30 nm 0.03 μm
40 nm 0.04 μm
50 nm 0.05 μm
60 nm 0.06 μm
70 nm 0.07 μm
80 nm 0.08 μm
90 nm 0.09 μm
100 nm 0.10 μm
200 nm 0.20 μm
300 nm 0.30 μm
400 nm 0.40 μm
500 nm 0.50 μm
600 nm 0.60 μm
700 nm 0.70 μm
800 nm 0.80 μm
900 nm 0.90 μm
1,000 nm 1 μm


[1] NIST Special Publication 330 (2008) - "The International System of Units (SI)", edited by Barry N.Taylor and Ambler Thompson

[2] International Organization for Standardization (1993). ISO Standards Handbook: Quantities and units (3rd edition). Geneva: ISO. ISBN 92-67-10185-4.

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