When you hear the term “nanotechnology,” does science fiction come to mind? In reality, nanotechnology is an element of our daily lives; it makes our lives easier. Nanotechnology is essentially the science of working with matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Scientists can use nanotechnology to produce new materials which can be applied and used in several different ways.
The practical side of nanotechnology
To give you 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 creating a way to use nanotechnology to lessen the level of friction in car engines and machines. This technology could make machines operate more efficiently; extending 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 similar to car engines and found to minimize friction tremendously.
More efficient motors
The story noted that even when these particles were distributed at a low concentration, they boasted more potent friction-reducing abilities than the friction reducing additives used by lots of 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 currently can. Expect more discoveries such as this down the road. The field of nanotechnology is growing. 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 might have nanotechnology to thank for more fuel-efficient cars, which obviously means saving you money.
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