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      Date: Sun Oct 3, 2004 7:14 pm
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      2003 - Top Ten Nanotech products

      NanoNordic January 27, 2004 Finally, at last! A list ranking the top
      ten nanotech products of year 2003. This will hopefully silence anyone
      who still claims that nanotech is still only in the lab – here is the
      list to prove them wrong! By Moon-Hee Andersson of NanoNordic,
      pan-Nordic forum that offers in depth knowledge of the emerging micro-
      mems- and nanotechnology industry.


      2003 - Top Ten Nanotech products

      Cerax Nanowax is one of the world's first products using chemical
      nanotechnology which creates "smart" surface coatings with
      multifunctional properties.
      By MOON-HEE ANDERSSON
      Finally, at last! A list ranking the top ten nanotech products of year
      2003. This will hopefully silence anyone who still claims that
      nanotech is still only in the lab – here is the list to prove them wrong!


      1. Stain repellent and wrinkle-resistant threads

      Everybody who has popped by our office has been amazed. Watching beads
      of coffee running of a white pair of jeans just like water beads on a
      goose – is amazing! Stain-repellent but still with the feel of
      ordinary jeans or chinos as we have written about before, is so cool
      that we just simply had to put it as number one on this list. The
      American company Nano-Tex which attaches molecular structures to
      cotton fibres thus creating a barrier that makes liquids and stains to
      bead up on the surface and prevent absorption. A Swiss company has now
      taken up the competition and has launched Nano-sphere ™ which is not
      only suitable for clothing but also home furnishing and the medical
      sector. Nano-sphere™ is supposed to also be oil-repellent.



      2. High-performance Ski Wax

      The Canadian National Ski team is already using it and soon it might
      be every amateur's best friend –especially for those going for the
      Vasa-loppet for the first time like our publisher. Cerax Nanowax is
      one of the world's first products using chemical nanotechnology which
      creates "smart" surface coatings with multifunctional properties. The
      wax is developed by the Germany-based company Nanogate and sold
      through Holmenkol. The ski-wax produces a hard, fast-gliding surface.
      This ultra-thin coating is much more long-lasting than traditional was
      leaving the base free of build-ups. The "smart" Nanowax hardens as
      temperature drop, adapting to the ski-bases and snow crystals. The
      Cerax Nanowaxes are produced in different formulations for different
      types of snow sports as well as for different levels of experience and
      conditions.



      3. Deep penetrating skin care

      There is no secret that the cosmetic industry has been an important
      driver in the particle-industry. The goal is to find a deep
      penetrating delivery-system of various active substances. L'Oreal the
      largest cosmetic company in the world with brands such as Lancome,
      Helena Rubenstein and Armani perfumes introduced its first
      nanotechnology product in 1998 – Plenitude Revitalift anti-wrinkle
      cream. The cream uses a patented 200-nanometre nanotechnology process
      to incorporate vitamin A inside a polymer "capsule" The capsule acts
      like a sponge soaking up and holding the cream inside until the outer
      shell dissolve under your skin. According to L'Oreal women surveyed
      who used the Revitalift technology, 80% reported anti-wrinkle
      effectiveness, and 75% said that the product was effective in firming
      the skin. So who knows, perhaps nanotech is the path to eternal youth!





      4. OLED Digital Camera

      Digital cameras have grown immensely popular and were the Christmas
      gift of 2003. As more and more digital cameras will be released with
      OLEDS, it might even make it to the top on the Christmas gift-list for
      this year too. Organic Light Emitting Diodes are not only much
      brighter than LCD:s, liquid crystal displays, they also consume less
      energy since they do not require back-lightning as LCD:s do. OLED:s
      also have the advantage of having a very wide viewing angle. The first
      digital camera with an OLED display is the 3,1-megapixel camera
      EasyShare LS633 zoom digital camera by Kodak.



      5. High performing sun-glasses

      Some sun-glasses of the brand Smith, incorporate technology from the
      American company Nanofilm, a spin-off from Case Western Reserve
      University. Nanofilm uses nanotechnology to create protective and
      antireflective ultra-thin polymer coatings for eye-wear to give the
      glasses anti-reflection and scratch-resistance functionality. Nanofilm
      deposits coating layers of 150 nanometres and 20 microns thick,
      respectively. Then they use chemical self-assembly to form a polymer
      coating, three to ten nanometres thin on the outer layer of the
      anti-reflective lenses. This not only seals and repels dirt and skin
      oils but also makes the lenses more responsive.





      Not yet out on the market, but still deservers a place on this list,
      since this Chameleon visor is more than likely to save hundreds of lifes.


      6. Smart motorcycle visor

      A great problem for motorcyclists is changing light conditions.
      Entering a tunnel for example can be a very risky business. Every year
      thousands of drivers are killed in accidents due to this. The Swedish
      company Chromogenics has solved the problem by developing a visor –
      the Chameleon visor – that rapidly changes transparency according to
      existing light conditions by using thin film or the EC foil, as
      Chromogenics has named it, which consists of thin oxide layers
      laminated between two flexible polymer sheets. OK the visor is quite
      not yet on the market but as we have seen it and touched it and it's
      more than likely to save lifes – we still think it deserves a place on
      this list.



      7. Nano-socks

      No more athlete's foot! More people suffer from it than admits it. A
      normal foot has 250 000 sweat glands capable of producing 500 ml of
      sweat per day! Athlete's foot is caused by fungus that live and
      multiply between the toes and folds of skin. Now ordinary cotton socks
      treated with nano-silver particles – SoleFresh ™ are out on the
      market. The nano-silver inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungus and
      thus preventing foot odour and itchiness.



      8. Nanocrystalline sunscreen

      Remember in the old days whenever you put sunscreen on you immediately
      turned into a white goofy looking clown? The common SPF (Sun
      Protecting Factor) rating system only rates protection against UVB
      rays. Zinc oxide provides protection against both UVA and UVB-rays but
      often makes the user all white. The main ingredient of NuCelle
      SunSense SPF 30 sunscreen is Z-COTE, a substance made with
      nanotechnology by BASF. According to BASF nano-dispersed zinc oxide is
      the basis of Z-COTE. The nanotechnology in Z-COTE produces a
      high-purity nano-crystalline zinc-oxide, which allows the sunscreen to
      go on clear. Another advantage is that Z-COTE cannot be absorbed by
      the skin and won't cause allergic reactions.



      9-10. High-tech tennis rackets and balls

      Constant development in materials has now led the tennis racket
      manufacturers to use nanotechnology. The French manufacturer Babolat
      introduced already in 2002 the VS Nanotube Power and VS Nanotube Drive
      light-weight models made out of high modulus graphite with carbon
      nanotubes supplied by the French company Nanoledge. Carbon nanotubes
      are one hundred times stronger than steel and six times lighter and
      they increase the rigidity of the stabilizers on each side of the
      racket's sweet spot. According to Babolat the VS Nanotube rackets are
      five times more rigid than current carbon rackets and pack much more
      power.



      And of course, without a tennis ball there is no game. Wilson Double
      Core tennis balls with Inmat's Air D-fense nanocomposite inside makes
      the balls playable for four weeks. InMat makes it harder for the air
      to escape by coating the balls' inner core with 20 microns thick
      layered sheets of clay polymer nanocomposites, each 1 nanometer thin.
      There is no change in either weight or bounce. The balls cost about
      $1,50 more per can than conventional balls but have double life-span.
      The balls are now official balls of Davis Cup.



      SOURCE: http://nanotech-now.com/

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