What can nano do for you?
Self-cleaning windows, stain-resistant textiles or new active ingredients in medicine - nanotechnology exploits the particular properties of materials at the nanoscale.
Compared to their macroscale "relatives", nanomaterials may exhibit increased reactivity, modified optical properties or improved mechanical stability. These new properties are the reason behind numerous useful and interesting effects which are already being used in a variety of products and applications.
Nano in everyday life
We are already facing nanotechnology in our everyday life in many products and applications. Nanomaterials are behind many familiar and also new properties of products we use in our daily life.
Nano-effects may be used in cosmetics, textiles, sporting goods, electronics, packaging materials, and many more, to optimise these products for the consumers or to improve the manufacturing process.
Important application sectors for nanotechnology innovations are namely metalworking, plastic fabrication, electronics, energy production, optics, biotechnology and medicine.
Nanotechnology is often referred to as an „enabling technology“, thus enabling more powerful and environmentally benign production processes and products to be developed. In the automotive industry, for instance, nanotechnology is used to create lighter yet stronger materials which contribute to improving both safety and eco-efficiency.