There are numerous applications of nanotechnology. Most of the applications come as a surprise to your average person.
However, once it’s explained, it makes perfect sense. Many everyday products are the direct result of nanotechnology applications.
The manipulation of particles that are smaller than most people can imagine is able to create products that enrich our everyday lives.
Nanotechnology involves the creation of material derived from the manipulation of particles as smaller than atoms. Manipulations of these microscopic particles allow scientists create all kinds of products that we use on a regular basis.
Nanoemulsion is one form of nanotechnology that produces liquid products like cleaners and disinfectants for swimming pools that are not harmful to humans. Liquids that kill the bacteria in pools are mixed with drops that are about a million times smaller than the head of a pin in order to spread toward the bacteria.
This means that nanotechnology has produced highly effective pool antibacterial liquids that require a lesser amount of chemical in the water. This product makes swimming pools safer for people on two levels. Bacteria is controlled more effectively and exposure to harsh chemicals that have the potential to cause health problems.
Over the counter bandages are effective at killing germs and protecting cuts thanks to nanotechnology. Originally bandages and antibiotic ointment were sold separately because the technology to blend the two didn’t exist. However, nanoparticles of silver ions are now added to the bandages in order to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
The ions literally smother or suffocate the bacteria. The infusion with bandages is simple technology when compared to the technology that prevents infection around cuts and abrasions.
Sports benefit from the products of nanotechnology as well. Tennis rackets now come with the strength of steel buildings but weigh less than the tennis ball in some cases. A carbon nanotube infused graphite has been compounded in order to produce the lightest possible tennis racket.
The tennis rackets created with this type of nanotechnology are stronger than the steel used to build weatherproof buildings. The tennis balls benefit as well as one of the applications of nanotechnology.
To make the core of the tennis ball stronger scientists have created a coating of nanoparticles of clay which means that air can not escape from the core of the ball. This helps the ball maintain its bounce and thus does not have to be replaced as often.
Technological applications of nanotechnology include the creation of nano—batteries, tiny capacitors, and nearly microscopic microprocessors. This type of nanotechnology brings smaller computers with heartier capabilities.
This will help decrease the replacement rate for the world’s smallest computers that are sent into space, down to the depths of the sea, and those we plop on our laps on a daily basis.
Nanotechnology has additionally produced a digital screen that can be flexed and bent without losing resolution. As an application of nanotechnology there is a while host of practical applications that can be thought up using a flexible high resolution screen.
With these smaller, flexible screens humanitarians will be able to take outreach projects to the jungles with more efficiency, human safety will increase by reducing household accidents, and of course we can have a lot more fun on long road trips with take anywhere flexible screens for our electronic devices.
There is a company using the application of nanotechnology to create something known as “self cleaning glass.” The nanoparticles used in the process are photocatalytic, which means that the sun engages the nanoparticles.
Additional nanoparticles are used to make the glass hydrophilic, which means that the rainwater that touches the glass will spread out evenly. Thus, self cleaning glass uses nanotechnology to encourage the sun to loosen the dirt particles and the rain to wash it away.
There are many additional applications of nanotechnology. It is the heart of things that we surround ourselves with everyday. Our wrinkle free fabrics which we pull from the dryer on our way out the door, LCD screens that make our entertainment clearer, and skin care products that provide deep penetration to help keep skin cells healthy are all part of the applications of nanotechnology that make our lives better.