Nanotechnology Consumer Products
Nano has already found its way into lots of products you use every
day, from clothing to tennis racquets. In fact, if you strolled around
your home you’d probably find dozens of products manufactured using some
kind of nanotechnology.
You can browse through the consumer products that use nanotechnology
listed below, or go to specific areas in the Quick Links to the left.
A nanoporous material called
aerogel that is an
excellent insulator, for example insulating the walls of your house
would only need about one third the thickness if you used this material
instead of conventional insulation.
Knapsacks and briefcases that include
flexible, nanoparticle based solar cells to charge your cell phone
and other devices on the go.
Skin care products that use
to deliver vitamins deeper into the skin.
Sunscreens that use
to block UV rays without leaving white residue on the skin.
Lithium ion batteries that use
nanoparticle based electrodes powering plug in electric cars.
Flame retardant formed by coating the foam used in
furniture with carbon nanofibers.
Fishing rods that use silica nanoparticles to fill spaces between carbon
fibers, strengthening the rod without increasing the weight. For more
information on how nanotechnology in being used to improve the
performance of sporting goods go to our
Nanotechnology in Sporting Goods page.
Piezoelectric fibers that could allow clothing
to generate electricity
Form fitting clothing made using
fabric composed of proteins, this material may stretch as much as
1500 percent from it's original size. For more information on how
nanotechnology is being used to improve fabrics go to our
Nanotechnology in Fabrics page.
Titanium oxide nanoparticles as part of a film that
the energy in light to kill bacteria on surfaces. Titanium oxide
nanoparticles are called photocatalysts because of their ability to use
energy in light to start the chemical reaction that kills the bacteria.
Customizing the properties of particles a few nanometers in diameter to
make a better soap. For more information on how nanotechnology
is being used to improve cleaning products go to our Nanotechnology in
Cleaning Products page.
Earl Boysen of Hawk's Perch Technical Writing, LLC and
UnderstandingNano.com. You can find him on