You have probably heard of nanotechnology, but perhaps have almost no idea as to what it’s about and how it pertains to you. Nanotechnology makes life easier for all of us; it’s not simply the stuff of science fiction. Essentially, nanotechnology is the science of dealing with matter on an atomic scale.
The practical side of nanotechnology
To present you with an example of how nanotechnology can effect your daily life here is an article that Science Daily ran last month. The article states that scientists are developing a way to use nanotechnology to lessen the level of friction in car engines and machines. This technology will make machines operate more efficiently; prolonging their lives. According to the article, tiny polymer particles were created and dispersed in oils used in automobile engines. These were then tested in conditions akin to car engines and found to lessen friction substantially.
More efficient motors
The story reported that even when these particles were dispersed 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, were able to reduce friction by 55 percent more than additives currently can. Expect more discoveries like this down the road. The field of nanotechnology continues to grow. It's growing so quickly, in fact, that the United States recently released a national strategy for making sure that environmental, health, and safety research needs are recognized and addressed in the field.
The emerging world of nanotechnology
So, whenever you think of nanotechnology consider the engine in your car. In the not too distant future we may have nanotechnology to thank for more fuel-efficient cars, which obviously means saving you money.