Nanotechnology - Not the Stuff of Science Fiction

You hear the word "nanotechnology," and what do you think of? Many minds dart to science fiction, robots or other Hollywood experiences. At Terminal, our perception is skewed toward IT support and computer repair. Most devices that we use to remotely monitor networks or troubleshoot grumpy laptops are the result of innovations focused on making life easier. Nanotechnology has a similar goal, striving to solve life's riddles. At its heart, nanotechnology is the science of working with matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The hope is that scientists can use nanotechnology to make new materials and products that boast an array of purposes.

The practical side of nanotechnology

As an example, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists creating a method to use nanotechnology to minimize the amount of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it can help lengthen the lives of machines and engines and help them operate more effectively. According to the Science Daily story, a team of scientists developed tiny polymer particles that were distributed in automobile engine base oils. When tested under conditions that simulated those found in car engines, these tiny particles were found to have an extraordinary ability to reduce friction.

More efficient motors

There are friction-reducing additives used by many industries currently, however when these tiny polymer particles were launched at a low concentration they were able to reduce friction by 55 percent more than common additives currently can. As the field of nanotechnology continues to grow we can expect more findings like this.

The emerging world of nanotechnology

If you think, then, that nanotechnology is only good for Hollywood special effects blockbusters; simply take a close look at your car's engine. One day, nanotechnology may provide an engine that can travel from downtown Boston to Cambridge on a thimble of gas but we'll leave that to the scientists and focus on what we do best: IT support and computer repair. If solutions to either of those would give you more time for what you do best, give us a call.