Nanotechnology cuts down on contaminated products

Scientists have successfully used nanotechnology to create a contaminant-resistant surface for stainless steel, which they claim can increase production efficiency and productivity and safeguard food safety.

The article found here discusses that scientists have discovered by the use of nano materials coated on stainless steel during milk processing cuts down on product fouling, contamination, and even plant efficiency. Essentially, a safer, cleaner, better product. There is no reason this kind of technology breakthrough can’t be used in other food preparation areas. I’m sure the meat processing industries and vegetables processing are already investigating these ideas.

This is a short blog today but it’s interesting as it deals with our everyday lives and how behind the scenes things are improving to make our products fresher, and more importantly, safer for us and our families.

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Asphaltene Problem?

Recently we’ve only talked about products and solutions in the nanotechnology space without talking about some of our own products. This is a blog to inform what’s going on around us but what’s going on inside our walls are equally interesting.

We have two refinery solvent solutions that dissolve asphaltene from pipes in the oil and gas industry. People in that industry know this problem all too well. There are some solutions for this problem already but, like anything, there is a cost to them. One is time, one is effectiveness, and one is a monetary cost. There is one more cost which is environmental. We have both a synthetic based solutions and organic solution for different types of problems on different types of materials. The early tests to eliminate asphaltene has been 4 to 5 times more effective than current solutions. Here is a link to the product page from our sister company, http://www.ssnano.com: http://ssnano.com/refinery_solvent

By using our solvent the asphaltene is eliminated quicker, less downtime, and is also cost effective for users especially if a shut-down is needed to handle the situation currently. Look for more information on this but I wanted to share this with our followers.

Not a cure for cancer

Researchers at the University of Delaware have been working on a pretty interesting project. Leukemia in children is 1/3 of all childhood cancers. There is a 90% survival rate of 5 years or longer today with those inflicted and receiving chemotherapy treatment. Those are pretty good odds but side-effects to the drugs cause long-term problems as well. Part of that reason is that the cancer drugs typically kill a lot of healthy cells in the way of killing the cancerous cells. Not a perfect scenario, but the best we have right now. What the University of Delaware folks have come up with is the use of nanotechnology in helping the cancer drugs get delivered to the cancerous cells and bypass the healthy ones. It’s not a cure for the cancer but it’s a way of minimizing the collateral damage that often associates itself with cancer treatments, especially with growing children. Let’s face it…cancer is bad enough but a child with cancer is as bad as it gets. Here is the entire article from the University of Delaware’s website : Leukemia Cancer Drug Carrier

Nanotechnology is developing and creating wonderful advances in all areas of science and commerce, but when it can help children as we hope this advancement can it makes it just a little bit special. Keep up the great work University of Delaware!

 

Diamonds are Forever???

Not only a great James Bond movie and song but now perhaps reality. Researchers at the University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, and Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc have created diamond tips enabled to withstand the heat and wear and tear created in the harsh thermal processing environment. The 10nm width diamond tips have been tested at scanning at contact on a surface at a distance of 1.2 meters.  Relatively no wear on the diamond tip. That’s like you and me walking around the entire earth 4 times with no measurable wear. It makes the Energizer Bunny look like a sissy.

The entire article is here.

I’m very interested in the advances of this technology and as you know…diamond nanomaterials can be found at SkySpring Nanomaterials.

Nano-Technology in Emerging Countries

There is great news on the horizon…just recently Zimbabwe announced they will begin a nano-technology initiative to help grow their economy as well as improve three fundamental areas: water purification, energy, and medicine. These are all fabulous areas to concentrate on and I’m sure it will be an astounding success.
 Click here for the entire story.

As many of the emerging countries focused on raw materials as export this is a positive trend for Zimbabwe, Africa, and the entire world. Countries like Brazil have done very well with alternative energy sources as well as becoming oil independent from other countries. This has given Brazil a strong boost and the kind of progressive and difficult decisions they made, as well as Zimbabwe’s are wonderful to hear. If I hear more about these types of situations I’ll fill you in.

Nanotechnology to the rescue!!!

As the environmental movement is gaining ground for good reason the electronics industry is no stranger to that as well as improvements for all of mankind. Since the electronics industry wants to limit the use of lead and other potentially harmful materials from their products they need a way to replace lead solder that takes place on circuit boards and other areas. Tin is a substitute but causes problems at higher temperatures that can short-circuit boards as well as other issues. Scientists in the Advanced Materials and Nanosystems directorate at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto have developed a revolutionary nanotechnology copper-based electrical interconnect material, or solder, that can be processed at high temperatures and once fully optimized, the CuantumFuse solder material is expected to produce joints with up to 10 times the electrical and thermal conductivity compared to tin-based materials currently in use. Read the entire article here.

It’s cheaper, better, and more environmentally friendly. What’s not to love??? Remember, this nanotechnology doesn’t work without nano materials. SkySpring Nanomaterials is one of the best places to get them.