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What is Nanotechnology?

pic10_03Over the last two decades, scientists have been mastering the intricacies of working with nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is about thinking small, very, very small. Smaller that anything you have ever seen through the microscope in the laboratory. Think of scales in atoms and you are right there.

Nanoscale technology has emerged as the new arena where scientists research and learn on the usage of fundamental components of matter.And they have been successful in putting these researches and findings to good use.

Nanotechnology is the science of researching and discovering the potentials of matter in the nanoscale. One of the benefits of nanoscale materials is that they have a much larger surface area, thus allowing it to have a wider area of contact, increasing its effectiveness and interaction capability with other materials as a result. Some nanoscale materials are better at conducting electricity, some are very strong, have different magnetic properties, have effective cleansing properties, reflect light better as their size are brought to the nanoscale level.

Nanoscale technology ( or nanotechnology ) is being used to create new tools, products and applications in the areas of low-cost filters to manage water supply; stronger, lighter but more durable product materials; clean, secure and affordable energy source; medical devices to treat diseases without side effects; lighting that saves energy; sensors to detect harmful bacteria; and products and solutions that help to keep the environment clean.

Nanoscale materials are available in nature around us. Scientists have successfully copied the water-repellant qualities of the lotus leaves to produce a water-repelling material for clothing. Our body is another example where the positive effects of nanoscale materials such as proteins and minerals are put to work for our benefit. However, nanotechnology is not about just putting nanoscale materials together. It requires the technology and expertise to manipulate, control and put them to good use.

The impact of nanoscale materials on the future is immense. Its cost-effectiveness and potential towards the creation of new products have been proven. Its role in new technology to tackle diseases continues to make great strides. All these and more are contributing to a better world for us to live in.

Application of Nanotechnology in environmental issues

 

Nanotechnology In Living, Working Areas And Hospitals

We already know that nanotechnology can be effectively used in the control of air quality in our living rooms as well as our work places. Products employing nanotechnology have proven to fight and remove bacteria from the air. This is a significant achievement in that it is not only helping to enhance the quality of our living and working areas, but also in hospitals and places where air quality plays an important role in ensuring that sick people are protected.

 

Nanotechnology In Fighting Ozone Depletion

One of the greatest challenges to governments today is the environmental problems brought about by ozone depletion. The ozone layer above the earth’s surface has been gradually destroyed by harmful gas emissions from industries and homes. Chlorofluorocarbons ( CFCs ), hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs ) and other ozone-depleting substances ( ODS ) from refrigerants, insulating foam, solvents are the culprits. Methyl bromide used in pesticides, halon used in fire extinguishers and methyl chloroform in industrial solvents also add up to cause tremendous damage to the earth’s fragile stratosphere.

With the diminishing ozone layer, an increase in ultra violet radiation is expected. Overexposure to UV radiation can lead to skin cancer, cataracts, weakened immune systems in individuals and also crop failures.

The advent of air treatment solutions using nanotechnology may be timely to play a role in helping to counter the ill effects of these ozone-depleting gases. Nanoscale chemical solutions with their multi-facetted capabilities may be the answer to neutralize the negative effects of these harmful gases.

Nanoart’s Experience with Nanotechnology

pic11_03Since 2005, we have successfully launched various products using nanotechnology for the betterment of air quality, in enhancing health and for the improvement of the environment where we live and work.

Our first air purification product utilises a filtering system to improve air quality ( IAQ ). Under IAQ, we also offer innovative Interior Treatment Solutions ( ITS ) and services to tackle specific air quality problems in sensitive places such as hospitals, nurseries, clinics and in transport vehicles. The biggest potential in IAQ comes from a product that has self cleaning qualities. We have been marketing a range of specialty Self Cleaning Solutions as a coating to treat various types of building surfaces, home facades and other exteriors to eliminate the presence of bacteria and organic and inorganic pollutants.

The interest in air quality products was a natural progression from the threat society found from the challenges it faced to its water sources. While we have gotten more aware of the need to plan and manage this resource, air quality problems are only beginning to receive the attention it deserves.

In fact, self cleaning solutions ( SCS ) have been in the market since 10 years ago. It was first applied in the manufacturing of automotive glass. However due to several reasons, it is only capturing more attention from the market now. The SAR’s episode in 2004 also awakened the people towards the need for measures to counter the threat, but the usage of air-purifying equipment ( some using nanotechnology ) was temporary. It fizzled out after the spread was brought under control. The need for a continuous follow-through to achieve a higher level of protection against such air-borne communicable diseases was not sustained. At the same time when Nano SCS products came into the market, nano silver materials also made its advent. But because of its high cost in production, its usage did not catch on.

The awareness of SCS among MNCs is gaining ground. Various positive response have been obtained from the market after our launch, among them a prominent petroleum company had indicated interest, while another automobile company has also been in discussion with us on how to harness the potential of SCS for their benefit. So it is with various owners of other types of building structures, such as kindergartens and corporate headquarters.

The present day quality of SCS products have opened the eyes of users as to its usage and application. The products not only possess anti-bacterial, but also deodorising and decomposing qualities.

The application of SCS has traditionally been through specialist equipment, which rendered the job expensive. However after investing two years in research, we have perfected another reliable method using the spraying method. We have successfully applied this method on several projects with the same promising anti-bacterial, deodorising and decomposing results.

The qualities of SCS do not stop with buildings. One of its other applications is in the area of car care. SCS has the potential to save substantially on the need for car wash. With its self-cleaning attributes, cars can remain clean for a whole year without any need for cleaning, except for those lower body areas that are exposed to mud or car tops that are open to bird droppings. It is a revolutionary, even audacious concept. It stands ready to be tested.

In the above scenarios, we foresee that SCS will help to open up minds to ponder on its potential not only as a partner to sustain the earth’s resources, keep the environment clean and healthy, but also as a means to help building owners present their prized architecture in the best aesthetic light.