You have likely heard of nanotechnology, but might have almost no idea as to what it’s all about and just how it applies to you. Nanotechnology makes life easier for all of us; it’s not merely the stuff of science fiction. Essentially, nanotechnology is the science of dealing with matter on an atomic scale.
The practical side of nanotechnology
As an example, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists developing a way to use nanotechnology to lessen the amount of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it can help extend the lives of machines and engines and enable them to operate more effectively. According to 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 present in car engines, these tiny particles were found to have an extraordinary ability to reduce friction.
More efficient motors
Even when distributed at low concentrations they lowered friction significantly, even more so then the friction additives currently being utilized in many industries today. How much more do they decrease friction? By about 55 percent more! Nanotechnology is a developing industry so expect more breakthroughs like this. In fact it is growing so fast that the United States recently launched a national strategy to be certain that environmental, health, and safety research requirements are addressed in the field.
The emerging world of nanotechnology
So, whenever you think about nanotechnology consider 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.