When you hear the term “nanotechnology,” does science fiction spring to mind? In reality, nanotechnology is an element of our daily lives; it makes our lives easier. Nanotechnology is basically the science of dealing with matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Scientists can use nanotechnology to produce new materials which can be applied and used in a variety of ways.

The practical side of nanotechnology

To give you an example of how nanotechnology can effect your daily life here is an article that Science Daily ran last month. The article states that scientists are creating a way to use nanotechnology to lessen the level of friction in car engines and machines. This technology might make machines operate more efficiently; extending their lives. According to the article, tiny polymer particles were created and dispersed in oils used in automobile engines. They were then tested in conditions similar to car engines and found to reduce friction substantially.

More efficient motors

Even when dispersed at low concentrations they diminished friction considerably, much more so then the friction additives currently being used in many industries today. How much more do they decrease friction? By about 55 percent more! Nanotechnology is a expanding industry so expect more findings like this. In fact it is growing so fast that the United States recently released a national strategy to make sure that environmental, health, and safety research needs are addressed in the field.

The emerging world of nanotechnology

Next time you think of nanotechnology think about your car’s engine. Someday nanotechnology might be responsible for saving you lots of money due to your engine consuming less gas.