You hear the word “nanotechnology,” and what do you think of? Science fiction, maybe robots, something along those lines? In reality, nanotechnology is making life simpler for everyone. At its core, nanotechnology is the science of dealing with matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The hope is that scientists can use nanotechnology to create new materials and products that boast a wide range of applications.
The practical side of nanotechnology
As an illustration, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists developing a way to use nanotechnology to lessen the level of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it will help prolong the lives of machines and engines and help them operate more proficiently. According to the Science Daily story, a team of scientists created tiny polymer particles which were distributed in automobile engine base oils. When tested under conditions that simulated those found in car engines, these tiny particles were found to have an amazing capability to reduce friction.
More efficient motors
The story noted that even when these particles were distributed at a low concentration, they boasted more effective friction-reducing abilities than the friction reducing additives used by many industries today. The scientists learned that these particles, measuring just nanometers in size, made it possible to reduce friction by 55 percent more than additives presently can. Expect more discoveries similar to this down the road. The field of nanotechnology keeps growing. It’s growing so quickly, in fact, that the United States recently launched a national strategy for making sure that environmental, health, and safety research needs are determined and addressed in the field.
The emerging world of nanotechnology
If you think, then, that nanotechnology is only good for Hollywood special effects blockbusters; simply take a close look at your car’s engine. Eventually, nanotechnology could leave you with an engine that uses less gas. That, of course, can give you a fatter wallet, and you will be able to thank nanotechnology for this.