Nanomaterials and their Applications
For information regarding applications of a
particular nanomaterial follow any of the links below.
Nanomaterial Applications using Carbon Nanotubes
Applications being developed for carbon nanotubes include adding
antibodies to nanotubes to form bacteria sensors, making a composite
with nanotubes that bend when electric voltage is applied bend the wings
of morphing aircraft, adding boron or gold to nanotubes to trap oil
spills, include smaller transistors, coating nanotubes with silicon
to make anodes the can increase the capacity of Li-ion batteries by up
to 10 times. Check out our Applications
of Carbon Nanotubes page to see how carbon nanotubes are being used.
Nanomaterial Applications using Graphene
Applications being developed for graphene include using graphene
sheets as electodes in ultracapacitors which will have as much storage
capacity as batteries but will be able to recharge in minutes, attaching
strands of DNA to graphene to form sensors for rapid disease
diagnostics, replacing indium in flat screen TVs and making high
strenght composite materials. Check out our
Applications of Graphene page
to see how graphene is being used.
Nanomaterial Applications using Nanocomposites
Applications being developed for nanocomposites include a
nanotube-polymer nanocomposite to form a scaffold which speeds up
replacement of broken bones, making a graphene-epoxy nanocomposite with
very high strenght-to-weight ratios, a nanocomposite made from cellulous
and nanotubes used to make a flexible battery. Check out our
Nanocomposites page to see how nanocomposites are being used.
Nanomaterial Applications using Nanofibers
Applications being developed for nanofibers include stimulating the
production of cartilage in damaged joints, piezoelectric nanofibers that
can be woven into clothing to produce electricty for cell phones or
other devices, carbon nanofibers that can improve the preformance flame
retandant in funiture. Check out our
Applications of Nanofibers
page to see how nanofibers are being used.
Nanomaterial Applications using Nanoparticles
Applications being developed for nanoparticles include deliver
chemotherapy drugs directly to cancer tumors, resetting the immune
system to prevent autoimmune diseases, delivering drugs to damaged
regions of arteries to fight cardiovascular disease, create
photocatalysts that produce hydrogen from water, reduce the cost of
producing fuel cells and solar cells, clean up oil spills, water
pollution and air pollution. Check out our Applications of
to see how nanoparticles are being used.
Nanomaterial Applications using Nanowires
Applications being developed for carbon nanotubes include using zinc
oxide nanowires in a flexible solar cell, silver chloride nanowires to
decompose organic molecules in polluted water, using nanowires made from
iron and nickel to make dense computer memory - called "race track
memory. Check out our
Applications of Nanowires page to see how nanowires are being used.
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