You have likely heard about nanotechnology, but perhaps have almost no idea as to what it’s all about and exactly how it applies to you. Nanotechnology makes life easier for all of us; it’s not just the stuff of science fiction. Basically, nanotechnology is the science of working with matter on an atomic scale.
The practical side of nanotechnology
As an example, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists designing a way to use nanotechnology to minimize the amount of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it can help lengthen the lives of machines and engines and help them operate more effectively. According to the Science Daily story, a team of scientists developed tiny polymer particles that 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 extraordinary ability to minimize friction.
More efficient motors
The story noted that even when these particles were distributed at a low concentration, they boasted more powerful friction-reducing abilities than the friction reducing additives used by many industries today. The scientists found that these particles, measuring just nanometers in size, were able to reduce friction by 55 percent more than additives currently can. Expect more discoveries similar to this in the future. The field of nanotechnology is growing. It’s growing so quickly, in fact, that the United States recently released a national strategy for ensuring that environmental, health, and safety research needs are recognized and addressed in the field.
The emerging world of nanotechnology
So, whenever you think about nanotechnology think about the engine in your car. In the not too distant future we might have nanotechnology to thank for more fuel-efficient cars, which obviously means saving you money.