Uses & Benefits
Nanotechnology is part of the next wave of innovation in science and engineering that will transform many sectors, including aerospace, energy, information technology, medicine, national defense and transportation. Nanotechnology will enable the development of next generation materials that are stronger, lighter and more durable than the materials used today in buildings, bridges, airplanes, automobiles and other applications.
Nanotechnology also holds great promise for creating products for a more energy-efficient world, such as more efficient fuel cells, batteries and solar panels. Nanotechnology can provide solutions for cleaning contaminated soil and water, and it will play a critical role in transforming medicine and health care.
Health care is approaching a revolution thanks to nanotechnology. Highly sophisticated tools for detecting and treating cancer, bandages that prevent infection, enhanced medical imaging technology and more are all in development and made possible because of nanotechnology.
Almost all electronic devices made in the last decade, including today’s most advanced computer chips and personal electronic devices, were manufactured using nanotechnology.
Sports equipment, like baseball bats, tennis rackets, motorcycle helmets and other plastic materials, can be made more lightweight, stiff, durable, and resilient with nanotechnology.
Fabrics treated with nanotechnology can resist wrinkling, staining and bacterial growth, helping clothes stay cleaner and last longer.
Thin films found on eyeglasses, computer displays, windows and other surfaces use nanotechnology to help them be more water-repellent, antireflective, resistant to ultraviolet or infrared light, antifog, scratch-resistant or electrically conductive.
The performance of many household products like stain removers, antibacterial cleaners, paints, sealants and air purifiers and filters can be enhanced with nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology can help create a cleaner environment through new water purification methods and by removing pollutants from groundwater and soil.
Energy innovations, like more efficient solar panels, stronger, light-weight wind turbines, lighter car parts and improved fuel efficiency, are powered by nanotechnology.
Personal care products, like cosmetics and sun screens can be enhanced with nanotechnology.
Food packaging that uses nanotechnology can help detect and prevent spoilage or contamination, helping food stay fresher, longer.
Some pharmaceutical products have been reformulated with nanosized particles to improve their performance.