When you hear the term “nanotechnology,” does science fiction spring to mind? In fact, 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
As an example, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists developing a way to use nanotechnology to reduce the level of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it will help prolong the lives of machines and engines and help them operate more efficiently. 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 exceptional ability to reduce friction.
More efficient motors
There are friction-reducing additives used by many industries currently, however when these tiny polymer particles were launched at a low concentration they were able to decrease friction by 55 percent more than common additives currently can. As the field of nanotechnology keeps growing we can expect more findings like this.
The emerging world of nanotechnology
So, when you think about 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.
Posted on: 03.23.12