Nanotechnology used Everyday

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In sports, particularly tennis and golf, nanotechnology is already involved in making the implements used more efficient. Nanotubes have been added to the frames of racquets in order to give tennis players more control and power. Nanotubes are some of the strongest materials known to exist to man. Since these tubes are microscopic, millions can be added to the tennis racquet to make it ridiculously strong. Golf club makers are filling the shafts of their golf clubs with nanoparticles. Inside the shafts of average golf clubs, there can be numerous imperfections that affect the speed and direction of the golf club when it is hit by the imperfect golf club. The imperfections in the carbon or steel shafts are so small that they can only be filled with the nanoparticles. The particles give the shaft uniform structure and give more consistent hits every time.

In clothing people are using nanopores to insulate the soles of shoes. Since there are literally millions of nanopores in the shoe, the surface area for insulating is greatly increased. Nanochannels are being used in performance clothing to keep the body warm and dry. The nanchannels take sweat away for the body and aid in the evaporation of sweat and water to keep your body dry and warm. Manufacturers are also using nanowhiskers to make clothes stain and water resistant. When water meets the cloth the nanowhiskers sweep it and make it bead up so that it can it can be removed and the no stain is left as a reminder.

Nano Fuel Cells

Companies are now using nanotechnology to create lighter and longer lasting fuel cells. These small fuel cells are being used to replace batteries in handheld devices. The companies working on this type of fuel are using methanol as a fuel and are calling them DMFC’s, which stands for methanol fuel cells.

Some fuel cells are under development to be placed in electric cars. It might also be necessary to create lightweight and safe hydrogen fuel tanks to hold the fuel. Researchers are developing nanomaterials that will absorb the hydrogen and only release it when needed. This type of nano fuel will be available in 2007.

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    Future / Potential Uses

    Nanotechnology could be used in the medical field. Mixed with conventional materials to increase strength, this technology could lead to stronger replacement bones. Stronger than even original bones. Also, small robots could be injected into a person's blood stream to destroy cancer cells and viruses.

    It could also be used in constructions. Nanotubes, when mixed with the old material, greatly advance strength. Things such as cars and bridges could have a much stronger base. Carbon nanotubes could even form the walls of houses.

    Clothing could also become a great field of nanotechnology. When cloth is coated with a nano-scale coating, it repels most liquids. Clothing could, one day in the future, become entirely water repellant.

    The computer industry is perhaps the most interesting field in which nanotechnology could be incorporated. A computer built on an atomic level could hold an unlimited amount of computing power, storage, and other places in extremely tiny places.

    Daily uses of nanotechnology might be robots used as cleaners that might replace toothpaste, air-sanitizers, and disinfectants.

    Sports could use this by creating extremely small transmitters in arrows to cut down on tracking time of killed game. Also, nanotechnology could help find golf balls.

    There are several uses of nanotechnology in the future. The ones above are great, but here is a list to sum up everything:
    • Inexpensive, efficient solar energy systems, a renewable, zero-carbon emission source
    • Desktop computers with a billion processors
    • Medical devices able to destroy viruses and cancer cells without damaging healthy cells
    • Materials 100 times stronger than steel
    • Superior military systems
    • More molecular manufacturing systems

    Using nanotechnology will enable scientists to build anything. The molecules will be able to make steel beams 100 times stronger and even 6 times lighter. Even though they are small, that means a higher surface-to-volume ratio. We have been seeing how the technology works with computer chips and transitors getting smaller and smaller everyday. Nanotechnology will make the computers faster even though the actual size of the chips and transistors are much smaller than they are now.