Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Around the world in 80 nano-products

Abstract:
Pack a small bag and let's bring home some souvenirs

By Scott Rickert, and as seen at his IndustryWeek column

Around the world in 80 nano-products

Posted on October 4th, 2010

Last month we talked about nanotechnology in the natural world. This month, we're headed into the world's shopping centers, hardware stores and beauty salons. Surprised? Don't be. Nano-enabled consumer products are part of everyday life around the globe, manufactured and sold by companies like yours and mine, and used by people like you and me. I had some help from the Project on Emerging Technologies to create our itinerary, and, according to them, the database of consumer nano-products has grown 300% in the past year. Apparently, it's a small world after all.

First, let's step into a restaurant in Beijing and try out a set of nano-chopsticks. A company in China is adding nanoscale and antibacterial materials to fight E. coli and other food-borne illnesses. Seems nano-silver as an antimicrobial is a favorite in China - the paint on the restaurant wall may contain it, and so could the air conditioner filter, kitchen utensils and even pet food bowls. On a more series note, there are computers with processors based on a nanoscale technology that almost doubles the density of transistors on chips to improve energy-efficiency.

Badminton anyone? Then let's head for Malaysia and grab a racquet made with nano-carbon for lightweight strength. And while we're in the neighborhood, we'll pick up some nano-antibacterial and deodorant socks for the game.

Take a hop Down Under and you'll find Australian companies that have nano-infused sunscreens and protective coatings for everything from glass to wood to teak boats. Think it's the time they save caring for glass and wood that gives them so much time for sunbathing?

Moving west to Europe, our first stop is Germany. And what would you expect in the land of the Autobahn, but nano-enhanced tires? In this case, they're bicycle tires, but for racing nonetheless. Here's where we can pick up some green technology, too. Another German company makes a super-water-absorbent soil additive to help dry land bloom.

For the French, nanotech has inspired beauty products, of course. Names like Chanel and Dior are giving glamour a small edge with nano-emulsion moisturizers and make-up that creates a "micro-airy nano-network" to perfect the complexion. In fact, my list of 17 French nano-products was made up of 15 cosmetics and two tennis rackets. Talk about joie de vivre.

Now let's swim the Channel to find the Brits showing us self-cleaning glass, car wax and tennis balls - an homage to Wimbledon, I hope. In Italy, we can pick up nano-strengthened ice axes, for people headed to the Italian Alps, I assume. Crossing over, we come to Swiss companies using nanotechnology for air filtration, water repellant fabric, tooth whiteners and, of course, in Swiss Army luggage.

Let's pack it up and head for North America now. In Canada we pick up waterproof outerwear. South of the border we add anti-graffiti paint from Mexico, and then we're right back home.

In our own backyard we find more nano-based consumer products than anywhere else on the planet. The Project on Emerging Technology lists some 500 American nano-products, from engine lubricants to bowling balls, vitamins to light emitting diodes, clothing to toxic chemical absorbents - and five products from my own company.

But before you kiss the tarmac of home, let me tell you that our little jaunt could be very different in coming years. According to a Lux Research report, while the U.S. is still in the nanotechnology lead, other countries are closing the gap, particularly Russia and China. Our government research support has been relatively strong, even during the recent economic downturn. At the same time, company investment has been flat and venture capital investment was off more than 40% in 2009. If we're going to continue our leadership, we'll need the muscle of the financial markets. I'm hopeful the proposed permanent extension of the R&D tax credit will be helpful on that front.

And what about you? Whether you've built a full product line or just have your first one on the drawing board, I hope our globetrotting has given you new ideas. And we explored only consumer products! There are hundreds and hundreds more nano-enabled products in industrial settings, not to mention nano-components in a vast array of consumer and commercial products. Add to that the manufacturers for whom nanotechnology has become so mainstream they don't even bother to mention it in their product descriptions. In other words, there's a world of opportunity - let's keep exploring it.

####

About Nanofilm
Nanofilm’s history can be traced to the earliest pioneering of nanotechnology. In the early 1980s, Nanofilm co-founder, Dr. Scott Rickert, was already researching self-assembling thin films as part of his work as a professor at Case Western Reserve University. The company began as a spin-off of that research and was co-founded by Dr. Rickert and businessman Don McClusky in 1985. The company’s initial expertise enabled the manipulation of coatings at the molecular level to enhance the durability, clarity, ease of use and performance of transparent materials.

Nanofilm’s first commercialized product was in response to a need in the ophthalmic industry. A new generation of high-technology polymeric eyeglass lens materials made old-style coatings and conditioners obsolete and unacceptable. Recognizing the growing need for a new approach, Nanofilm developed ultra-thin coatings to protect, enhance and condition this new breed of optical surfaces and coatings.

In tandem with Nanofilm’s ophthalmic coatings, the company developed lens cleaning, care and refresher products. In fact, the first product was launched at the request of a major optical company as a companion product with eyeglass lenses featuring Nanofilm’s coatings. Today, Nanofilm’s surface care products are distributed around the world for the care of electronic displays, such as computers, cell phones and MP3 players, as well as cameras, scopes, eyeglasses and sunglasses. These products are sold both under the company’s own brand name and a series of private label products.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Corporate Office
10111 Sweet Valley Dr.
Valley View, OH 44125
Ph: 216.447.1199
Fax: 216.447.1137

Copyright © Nanofilm

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Strength of hair inspires new materials for body armor January 18th, 2017

Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting January 18th, 2017

Dressing a metal in various colors: DGIST research developed a technology to coat metal with several nanometers of semiconducting materials January 17th, 2017

Display technology/LEDs/SS Lighting/OLEDs

Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting January 18th, 2017

Dressing a metal in various colors: DGIST research developed a technology to coat metal with several nanometers of semiconducting materials January 17th, 2017

Profiles

Russia’s Nano-enabled Products Market to Witness Massive Growth February 8th, 2011

Adept Technology Announces Orders for Over $600K from Chinese Partner January 18th, 2011

Nanostart-held ItN Nanovation Receives Major Follow-on Order in Saudi Arabia November 29th, 2010

Homegrown Companies Developing Batteries for Clean Energy Storage November 2nd, 2010

Food/Agriculture/Supplements

PCATDES Starts Field Testing of Photocatalytic Reactors in South East Asia December 28th, 2016

News from Quorum: The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA uses a Quorum Cryo-SEM preparation system for the study of mites, ticks and other soft bodied organisms November 22nd, 2016

Water, water -- the two types of liquid water: Understanding water's behavior could help with Alzheimer's research November 11th, 2016

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years: Targeted medicine deliveries and increased energy efficiency are just two of many ways October 26th, 2016

Energy

Dressing a metal in various colors: DGIST research developed a technology to coat metal with several nanometers of semiconducting materials January 17th, 2017

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology: New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells December 26th, 2016

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures: New technique leverages controlled interactions across surfaces to create self-assembled materials with unprecedented complexity December 22nd, 2016

Safe and inexpensive hydrogen production as a future energy source: Osaka University researchers develop efficient 'green' hydrogen production system that operates at room temperature in air December 21st, 2016

Water

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter for water January 2nd, 2017

PCATDES Starts Field Testing of Photocatalytic Reactors in South East Asia December 28th, 2016

Deep insights from surface reactions: Researchers use Stampede supercomputer to study new chemical sensing methods, desalination and bacterial energy production December 2nd, 2016

Water, water -- the two types of liquid water: Understanding water's behavior could help with Alzheimer's research November 11th, 2016

Automotive/Transportation

Nanoscale view of energy storage January 16th, 2017

Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors January 10th, 2017

Going green with nanotechnology December 21st, 2016

Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells: New platinum-based catalysts with tensile surface strain could improve fuel cell efficiency December 19th, 2016

Sports

STMicroelectronics Peps Up Booming Social-Fitness Scene with Smart Motion Sensors for Better Accuracy, Longer Battery Life, and Faster Time to Market January 2nd, 2017

Abalonyx launches Reduced Graphene Oxide Product: Abalonyx has successfully scaled up production of thermally reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in its Tofte, Norway, production facility. This product is now offered to customers in Kg-quantities May 10th, 2016

What makes penguin feathers ice-proof February 24th, 2016

Imec and Cloudtag Collaborate on High Quality Frictionless Wearables for Lifestyle Coaching: Next-generation health and fitness tracker Cloudtag TrackTM launched at CES 2016 January 7th, 2016

Textiles/Clothing

'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing November 15th, 2016

Engineers develop new magnetic ink to print self-healing devices that heal in record time November 7th, 2016

Stretchy supercapacitors power wearable electronics August 25th, 2016

Weird, water-oozing material could help quench thirst: Nanorods' behavior first theorized 20 years ago, but not seen until now June 13th, 2016

Personal Care/Cosmetics

Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition May 23rd, 2016

Common nanoparticle has subtle effects on oxidative stress genes May 11th, 2016

NRL reveals novel uniform coating process of p-ALD April 21st, 2016

New ORNL method could unleash solar power potential March 16th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project