When you hear the word “nanotechnology,” does science fiction come to mind? In fact, nanotechnology is part of our daily lives; it makes our way of life easier. Nanotechnology is essentially the science of dealing with matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Scientists can use nanotechnology to develop new materials that can be applied and used in a variety of ways.

The practical side of nanotechnology

As an example, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists developing a way to use nanotechnology to minimize the amount of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes commonplace, it can help lengthen the lives of machines and engines and enable them to operate more proficiently. According to the Science Daily story, a team of scientists created tiny polymer particles that were dispersed in automobile engine base oils. When tested under conditions that simulated those found in car engines, these tiny particles were found to have an extraordinary capacity to minimize friction.

More efficient motors

There are friction-reducing additives used by many industries today, however when these tiny polymer particles were launched at a low concentration they were able to decrease friction by 55 percent more than standard additives currently can. As the field of nanotechnology continues to grow we can expect more discoveries like this.

The emerging world of nanotechnology

So, whenever you think about nanotechnology think about 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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