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Nanorobots being Developed to Replace Problematic DNA

Early nanotechnology research into controlling sickle cell disease at the DNA level may prove applicable in other genetic disorders. Various types of proteins are capable of repairing cells. Proteins actually [more…]

Nanorobots being Developed to Regenerate Damaged Cells

Stem cells can produce new cells that in turn regenerate many different types of damaged cells. Various researchers are working on nanotechnology methods for regenerating damaged organs or nerves by placing [more…]

Improve Batteries with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology has important contributions to make to the efficiency of energy storage. Note that the types of batteries where nano is making a difference are the ones in cars, laptops, and industrial [more…]

The Challenges of Nanotech Energy Storage

Nanotechnology has important contributions to make to the efficiency of energy storage. Several nanotech research groups have demonstrated the potential of batteries with five to ten times the power density [more…]

Nanotech Energy Storage with Ultracapacitors

Nanotechnology has much to offer in the field of energy storage. While much of the research is focused on improvements in batteries and fuel cells, some of the most exciting might be with ultracapacitors [more…]

Nanotechnology Contributions to Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

From windmills to biodiesel, nanotechnology researchers are exploring some very interesting ways of contributing to renewable energy and energy conservation using recent developments in nanomaterials: [more…]

Capture Carbon Dioxide with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology can help clean the air in several ways. Nano can help capture carbon dioxide created during industrial processes, keeping it out of the air supply. [more…]

Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology can help capture carbon dioxide created during industrial processes and convert it to fuel such as methane. This process not only keeps a contaminant out of the air supply, but also turns [more…]

Can Nanotechnology Fix Global Warming?

Nanotechnology principles and materials are used in a number of scientific disciplines. Scientists in a field called geoengineering are investigating ways to counter the global warming attributed to high [more…]

Nanotechnology Contributions to Alternative Automotive Fuels

Nanotechnology holds great promise for reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are used in cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles. Not only will nanotechnology be used to reduce our dependence of foreign [more…]

Clean Up the Water with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology can help clean water using several methods, including injecting nanoparticles underground to clean contaminates out of groundwater and using silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes to kill [more…]

Clean Up Oil Spills with Nanotechnology

Oil spills, like the one involving British Petroleum in 2010, can be devastating to our environment, costly, and deadly to marine life and birds. Nanotechnology may hold some promise for helping clean [more…]

Nanotechnology Helps to Make Saltwater Drinkable

Researchers are investigating nanomaterials for use in making salt water drinkable. Today, the desalination of salt water is a very expensive process, but nanotechnology could change that. [more…]

Remove Bacteria from Drinking Water Using Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is being used to develop low-cost filtering technology for communities near contaminated water sources. Many water sources contain bacteria that cause diseases ranging from giardiasis [more…]

Nanotechnology Removes Arsenic from Well Water

Researchers are working on the use of iron oxide nanoparticles to treat arsenic contaminated water, thereby reducing the cost of the material needed to make it work. [more…]

Nanotechnology Boosts Space Travel with Lightweight Spacecraft

Nanotechnology research scientists estimate that using high-strength, lightweight materials could reduce the weight of spacecraft by as much as 30 percent. Researchers at NASA’s Glen Research Center are [more…]

Build a Space Elevator with Nanotechnology

Does the idea of an elevator from earth to other planets seem far-fetched? Perhaps to you it does, but not to nanotechnology scientists. In fact, today, they are working on building the cable that the [more…]

Keep Astronauts Healthy with Nanosensors and Nanorobots

Astronauts have enough to do in space without worrying about getting sick. So, some nanotech researchers are doing it for them. They are developing nanosize tools that can detect, diagnose, and treat disease [more…]

Nanosensors and Nanorobots for Space Travel and Communication

Researchers are exploring the use of nanosensors in robots. These robots can be very small and grouped to create autonomous nanotechnology swarms, or ANTS. ANTS could change their shape and move over uneven [more…]

Nanotechnology Gives Spacecraft Smaller Rockets

Good things come in small packages, or so the people involved in the space program believe. So, of course, they have turned to nanotechnology to make things smaller and more lightweight. [more…]

Nanotechnology Enables Lightweight Body Armor

Military types haven’t failed to notice that nanotechnology could make a big difference to how troops function, travel, and stay safe. The Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies [more…]

Nanotechnology Makes Morphing Military Transport Possible

The idea of equipment that can change its shape isn’t science fiction. Today, research using nanotechnology is well under way to develop aircraft wings, propellers, and transport vehicles that can literally [more…]

Nanoenergetics Make Better Explosives

Energetic materials contain chemical energy that, when released, can explode, like fireworks or rocket fuel, for example. Energetic materials at the nanoscale are showing promise for military applications [more…]

Detect Hazardous Agents on the Battlefield with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is an important part of a hazardous agent mitigation system being developed by the United States military.

Hazardous agents are any chemical or biological materials present in the environment [more…]

Research at NanoTech User Facility, University of Washington

The NanoTech User Facility at the University of Washington in Seattle is part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), whose goal is to support nanotechnology research. [more…]


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