Giant Steps in Nanotechnology

Looking over PEN (Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) website, one immediately notices that in less than 5 years, some products have already become obsolete/archived and replaced with updated versions.  Thinking about possible applications of the discoveries in nanotechnology offer a wealth of possibilities.  A science fiction writing class could find the list very inspirational.  Here is an example:

“(Alusion Alumina Powders)’s currently used in cosmetics such as face powders, foundations, eye shadow and lipstick, as well as bath and body products. But consider using Alusion™ in industrial applications; its properties would come in equally handy in high-temperature lubricants, pigment substrates, metal casting die release agents and slip additives for plastics.”
Alusion Alumina Powders

The list includes products whose special qualities are invisible to the naked eye – from the molecular 10-8 to the atomic 10-10 scale.  “You can’t see Nanotechnology, but when you ski the Izor line with Nanoframe you’ll understand the next big thing in skiing is small.”
Atomic Snow Izor Skis

Here is a  selection of 10 products from just the first pages of the list and how the manufacturers describe the nano part of their products.

928 Carbon/SL Record bicycle by Bianchi  has ‘unidirectional carbon fiber’.

AccuFlex Evolution Golf Shaft
“(The) Nano Composite technology enhancement increases the surface area of the shaft thereby creating a tighter molecular structure…  Nanotechnology enables us to control matter at a smaller scale than we have ever been able to before.”

Adhesive for McDonald’s burger containers
“EcoSynthetix has developed a new family of starch adhesives, called EcoSphere.™ By redesigning starch molecules on a molecular level, we have created new biopolymer nanospheres that form high solids dispersions in water with more than one-year shelf life stability…”

Air Oasis! Air Purifier
“… We also reduced the particle size of our metals down to a nanosize particle in order to increase the surface area and therefore increase the kinetic rate of reaction.”

Alpha Amino Prototype 216
“Utilizing state-of-the-art complexes and ultra-fast nanoparticulation technology, Alpha Amino Prototype 216™ supplies your muscles with a precisely dosed amount of nanoparticulated aminos, essential aminos, conditionally essential aminos and precision ratio branched chain aminos (BCAAs) needed to build a massive amount of rock-hard muscle.”

Alusion Alumina Powders
“The uniform molecular structure of Alusion™ provides superior slip, adhesion and transparency. Specifically designed for use in cosmetics, it diffuses any light that the skin reflects, making wrinkles and fine lines difficult to see. Alusion™ is highly transparent, so the powder doesn’t change the skin’s natural hue. Although some similar technologies are unsuitable for use in cosmetics, Alusion™ is safe to use and approved by the FDA.

“It’s currently used in cosmetics such as face powders, foundations, eye shadow and lipstick, as well as bath and body products. But consider using Alusion™ in industrial applications; its properties would come in equally handy in high-temperature lubricants, pigment substrates, metal casting die release agents and slip additives for plastics.”

Amsoil Ea Air Filters
“The revolutionary nanofiber technology used in AMSOIL Ea Filters captures more dirt, holds more dirt and allows better air flow than conventional air filters.”

ArcticShield X-system socks
“X-System socks containing nano-silver technology control the growth of odor causing bacteria since the nano-silver particles are permanently integrated into the fibers of the fabric. Independent research and tests by the medical industry and the U.S. Military have proven the effectiveness of this anti-odor process. Constructed of 50% cotton, 39% polyester, 6% nylon, 5% spandex with X-System technology.”

Atomic Snow Izor Skis
“Imagine a technology with the potential to increase life expectancy by twenty years, reduce the world’s dependence on oil, make computers run one billion times more efficiently and unlock every skier’s potential to be better. We’re talking about Nano-technology, the science of manipulating materials at the atomic and molecular level – about 1/80,000th the diameter of a human hair.

“Similar in importance to Information Technology over the last 50 years, Nanotechnology promises to be the next growth inno-vation. While it holds huge promise in biomed, computer and energy arenas, Nanotechnology’s rapid emergence includes its use in many consumer products. Examples include stain and wrinkle-resistant khakis whos individual fibers are treated at the molecular level, UVA and UVB-protective cosmetics that use tiny titanium-oxide particles to offer a new level of invisible sun protection and Wilson tennis racquets which utilize a new form of carbon fiber matrix to offer incredibly light weight with tremendous power. Merrill Lynch has even started a Nanotech Stock Index, but that’s another story.

“Aimed squarely at the heart of the huge intermediate all-mountain market, Nanoframe technology isn’t built for professional athletes with amazing skills and world-class fitness levels. It’s built for skiers who have have the most to gain from a product that’s significantly lighter, and handles with greater ease.

“In ordinary skis, tiny voids exist between individual carbon fibers, creating stress points which weaken the ski and require more material to overcome. Atomic’s proprietary Nanotech process injects nanoscopic silicon oxide crystals into these voids. The result is a super-slim platform that offers a ridiculously low swing weight, easy turning and the power and durability of much more sub-stantial skis. Paired with a closed tip, open tail perimeter frame design, the torsion and flexion of the tip and tail can be dialed in independently of each other for supple flex, high stability and reliable edge grip.

“You can’t see Nanotechnology, but when you ski the Izor line with Nanoframe you’ll understand the next big thing in skiing is small.”

Avant Garde Buttoned Performance Dress with Accent Band
“This design is constructed with revolutionized fabrics that repel liquids, resist wrinkles, dry fast, breathe easy, enhance circulation and is antimicrobial.”

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