X2 Awareness of new and future developments

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Extension (KS4/5)
Truly revolutionary nanotechnology products, materials and applications, such as nanorobotics, are years in the future some say only a few years yet others believe it will be longer.  What that shows me is not if such technology will happen but when. What qualifies as “nanotechnology” today is basic research and development that is happening in laboratories all over the world. “Nanotechnology” products that are on the market today are mostly gradually improved products using revolutionary nanotechnology where some form of nanotechnology enabled material (such as carbon nanotubes, nanocomposite structures or nanoparticles of a particular substance) or nanotechnology process (e.g. nanopatterning or quantum dots for medical imaging) is used in the manufacturing process. In their ongoing quest to improve existing products by creating smaller components and better performance materials, all at a lower cost, the number of companies that will manufacture “nanoproducts” (by this definition) will grow very fast and soon make up the majority of all companies across many industries. Evolutionary nanotechnology should therefore be viewed as a process that gradually will affect most companies and industries.
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