Uses of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology Consumer Products
Have you ever used a consumer product utilizing nanotechnology? Perhaps you have without even knowing it. If you
have not used a nano-product yet, you most likely will in the future. The National Science Foundation (NSF) estimates
sales of nano-products will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015. (Lux Research)
You’ve heard of ants in your pants, but how
about silver nanoparticles in your socks?
Silver is naturally antibacterial and
antifungal and the large surface area
achieved with nanoparticles makes it even
more effective. These particles keep your
feet from itching and your socks from
Transmission Electron
smelling. Why stop with socks? Silver
Microscope (TEM) image of nanoparticles have been used to keep food
silver nanoparticles with a
fresh for longer times in plastic storage
diameter of about 15nm
(1,000 times smaller than the containers, prevent infection in bandages,
and kill germs in the laundry.
width of a human hair).
Nanoparticles of zinc
oxide in suncscreen
block harmful UV rays
from reaching the skin,
but are much more
attractive because they
interact with visible
light differently,thus
making the lotion
JR Nanotech
Babolat’s VS NCT NanoCarbonTechnology
provides greater stiffness, flex resistance,
and rigidity while remaining lightweight and
responsive. Larger sweet spot! Carbon
nanotubes around racquet head.
Hydration Technologies X-Pack
Life-Sustaining Water Filtration
Bags Deployed To Hurricane
Katrina Victims
Portable Water Filtration
Porous plastic bag coated
with nanoclays to filter
water. Contaminated water
goes in, but only pure water
seeps through the selfhydrating membrane pouch
due to osmotic pressure.
Filters at the 50 nm level
removing viruses, bacteria,
and parasites.
For more information on products using nanotechnology and safety evaluations see the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies webpage.