Nanotechnology and Us

You hear the term “nanotechnology,” and what do you think of? Sci-fi, maybe robots, something along those lines? The truth is, nanotechnology is making life less difficult for all of us. At its core, nanotechnology is the science of dealing with matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The hope is that scientists will use nanotechnology to make new materials and products that boast a variety of purposes.

The practical side of nanotechnology

As an illustration, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists creating a way to use nanotechnology to reduce the level of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it will help extend the lives of machines and engines and enable them to operate more efficiently. Based on the Science Daily story, a team of scientists created tiny polymer particles which were dispersed in automobile engine base oils. When tested under conditions that simulated those found in car engines, these tiny particles were found to have an exceptional capability to reduce friction.

More efficient motors

Even when dispersed at low concentrations they diminished friction considerably, much more so then the friction additives currently being used in many industries today. How much more do they lessen friction? By about 55 percent more! Nanotechnology is a developing industry so expect more breakthroughs like this. In fact it is growing so quickly that the United States recently launched a national strategy to ensure that environmental, health, and safety research needs are addressed in the field.

The emerging world of nanotechnology

If you feel, then, that nanotechnology is only good for Hollywood special effects blockbusters; simply take a close look at your car’s engine. One day, nanotechnology may leave you with an engine that utilizes less gas. That, obviously, can leave you with a fatter wallet, and you will be able to thank nanotechnology for this.