Nanotechnology in things we use on a daily basis

When we talk about nanotechnology we go to sophisticated laboratories, robots from another world and things out of our reach, but it is not always like that, there are many things that we use on a daily basis that use nanotechnology, that manipulate and move atoms to create new things.

To better understand this sector, it is important to become familiar with the concept of Nanocoating, nanoscale thin films that are applied to surfaces to create or improve the functionalities of a material, such as protection against corrosion, water and ice, reduction of friction, antifouling and antibacterial properties, self-cleaning, heat and radiation resistance, and thermal management.

In this list that we show you, you have a list of products that use nanotechnology in one way or another, which helps to understand its usefulness:

1. Sunscreens: We can increase the effectiveness of sunscreens with nanoparticles, mainly titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These small particles block UV radiation and allow the cream to not be as thick and dark as the old ones.

two. Tennis ballsSomething as silly as a tennis ball can use nanotechnology to make it hold its boat longer. Normal balls can lose their characteristics after several hits. Nanotechnology is also used to make sturdier rackets.

3. Sauces: If at the end of the tomato sauce bottle there is still a lot left inside, it is because it does not use nano coatings, a special substance that does not leave residue. As it is so expensive to apply, it is not worth putting it in ketchup, but it can be used in other more complex products.

Four. Clothing: Silica nanoparticles are used to create fabrics more resistant to liquids. It is possible to add it to fabrics with spray, for example, and that causes that when it gets wet, small drops are generated on the waterproof clothing.

5. Furniture: We can upholster furniture with substances generated with nanotechnology, making them more resistant to fire. With carbon nanofibers in sofas, for example, it is possible to reduce flammability by up to 35 percent.

6. Adhesives: The high temperature makes the glues lose their effectiveness, something that can be avoided with nanotechnology capable of making it not only resistant to high temperatures, but also stronger as it warms up (extremely practical in the motor industry).

7. Coatings for car paint: There is a coating created with nanotechnology, created by the Nanorepel company, that makes cars better protect themselves against bird droppings. The same company makes upholstery covering for the interior.

8. Disease detection Foodborne: Nanotechnology offers the opportunity to use sensors for the isolation and detection of E. coli and other pathogens. Nanotechnology-enabled detection techniques include luminescence detections using quantum dots, enhanced fluorescence, immobilized nanoparticle dye, and much more.

9. Computers: Logically, Intel’s 10-nanometer chips, for example, are a clear example of what we can do with nanotechnology. The computers and gadgets that surround us are the best example of how this technology is used in our day to day.

As you can see, it is everywhere.

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