What products are on the market today or are expected?
Nanotech is used to make many products today, ranging from iPods to chewing gum.
New nanotech applications might include producing: photovoltaics; hydrogen fuel storage;
fuel cells; batteries and super capacitors; photocatalytic reductions of carbon dioxide to
produce methanol and other liquid fuels; direct photoconversion of light and water to produce
hydrogen fuel; super-strong, light-weight, low-cost light-harvesting materials; high-current
cables; thermochemical catalysts to generate hydrogen fuel from water; materials and coatings
for deep drilling; lighting to replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps; microscopic probes
for planetary exploration or for special earth environments.
Biological based products include:
biosensors and detectors and nanopore devices for detecting particular types of DNA, RNA and
other biological materials; personalized forms of molecular medicine; a vision chip for the
blind and other medical devices for direct implantation.
New nano-crystal coatings and
nano-computing "smart" surfaces and a new crop of structural plastics, organic resins
and nano-powders are possible. New products marketed in 2005 include: iPod computer chips;
Shemen Industry's Canola that inhibits the ingestion of cholesterol; O'Lala Food's Choco'la
Chewing gum, Zelens fullerenc C-60 Face Cream; Nano-ville Slugger Stealth CNT bat;
Nanotex mattress cover; Artic Shield socks; NanoGuard paint, and Pilkington Active Glass;
Nanobreeze Air Purifier; Buckypaper; and APNAN projectile armor.