Changing the World into a Better Place: 5 Nanotechnology Advancements that Everyone in the World Can Benefit From

Nanotechnology was developed in 1959 and has taken many industries by storm. It started as a way of manipulating matter at atomic and molecular level. Today it is used in everything from pharmaceuticals to engines. Nanotech is one of the most cutting-edge scientific fields today and it just keeps growing. We have compiled a list of the 5 most innovative advancements.

Nano-carriers in treatment of cancer

Nanoparticles are being used in cancer treatments. These nanoparticles are used in chemotherapy as drug carriers. This helps the treatments focus on targeting and destroying the cancer cells instead of damaging other cells as well. This makes chemotherapy more effective than ever before.

Agricultural benefits

As the population of the world keeps growing, the demand for food is rising continuously. Farmers need to produce healthy crops at a much faster rate to meet the needs. A newer application of nanotech is to look at how it can increase the productivity of crops and livestock to help farmers meet the demand for food. Studies are still ongoing but the potential is huge. Using nanotech will help protect the plants, make them grow faster, and improve the quality of food products.

Water purification

Nanotech is being applied to improve water purification technology. Many people in the world do not have access to clean water which is one of the most basic needs humans have. The dirty water makes people in areas where there is no purification, very vulnerable to diseases and infections.

Early detection of disease

Another application that is groundbreaking and will have unprecedented effects, is using nanotech to detect diseases early. This means that nanoparticles will be used to send a signal of some sort as soon as, for example, cancer cells are detected. Early detection will save many lives and even help cure diseases that are now incurable.

Solar energy

Nanotechnology is also being applied in improving solar energy. If the nanoparticles can improve light absorption and storage ability, solar power costs will go down and solar energy will be more efficient.

Clearly nanotech has a lot of potential and it is being applied in fields where it will change and improve many people’s lives.

Nanotechnology: A Few Basic Things to Know so You can Understand What the Fuss is about and How It Affects You

You might have heard friends talking about nanotechnology and how cool it is. Or maybe a colleague asked you what you thought about new developments. If you had no idea what they were talking about, we can help you out. Nanotechnology has to do with the science and use of very, very small things. Let’s look at a few very basic things about nanotechnology that will bring you out of the dark.

Definition – The word ‘nano’ means ‘dwarf in Greek. When nano is used as a prefix it can refer to time, volume, or length. It is basically a factor of one billionth. This is very small.

Nanoscience vs. nanotechnology – These terms are not the same thing. Nanoscience has to do with the study of things on a nanoscale. It means that nanoscience takes existing science and apply it in nanoscale. Nanotechnology has to do with designing systems and structures that are nanoscale.

Use – Many scientists and artists had been using nanoparticles in their work without realizing it. Molecules and viruses are nanoparticles. Tire manufacturers have been using carbon black, which are nanoparticles, since the 1920s. Artists who created church windows used gold nanoparticles to get bright colors. Basically, nano is all around us.

Nanomanufacturing – The semiconductor industry is where nanomanufacturing plays a big role. Nanomanufacturing is used on a large scale to produce devices that are extremely small.

Risks – Whether nanoparticles are harmful or not, is a bit of a confusing situation. Some people say that nanoparticles are safe and hold no risk or danger. Others claim that the same nanoparticles are toxic and need to be tested and banned. It seems that the point of view depends on the industry and what the value of nanoparticles mean to them.

Nanoparticles, nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing and all other things nano, are here to stay. One of the societal issues that we face is that it is being used in products without us, as consumers, knowing about it. Many people don’t even know what nanotech is. It would be wise to educate yourself and know how nanotech affects you.