Quantum mechanics of Nanomaterials

Blessing or a thread?

We have heard about them a lot in medias, we are told they are the future, yet no one has ever seen them so far. Of course, how could one? Their size is about one ten thousandth of a width a single human hair or less and surprisingly, they are called nanomaterials.

We are said they have unique properties, for example: capability of bearing extreme weights as for ropes, impenetrability for water or other small particles like germs as for clothes or superior use as containers for conducting a wide variety of experiments as for science.


In the picture: Some of commonly used nanomaterials.

We have to admit, that opportunities what-to-do with these materials are really amazing. They are used in almost every field of industry. Here are some interesting aplication:

a) Medicine - absorption ability of nanomaterials is tested to treat cancer diseases. They are also used as vessels to deliver a medicament into demanded destination without interacting with body imunity elsewhere.
Nanorobots are developed for surgery without a regular need for an incision.

b) Food production - Marks on food to secure the knowledge of their origin. Means of fighting microorganisms.

c) Electronics - Extremely big memory carriers in a small size. Display devices superb in quality of the image.

d) Engineering - Very durable materials with low friction and extreme persistence against water.

e) Space shuttles - Materials for satellites, developments of new fuel cells.


It is no secret that for the last year the nanotechnology market made 225 billions USD in sales.

However, do we really understand these nanomaterials? First vital thing to be aware of: In the world of the smallest particles the physical rules, as we know them, are not applied. When we reach the size of single molecules, particles cease to behave as would react their counterparts in the macroscopic world. They bend light, non-conducting materials start to conduct electricity and much more. These phenomena are under scrupulous research in a branch of science called: quantum physics.

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Springer Quantum Systems in Chemistry and Physics: Progress in Methods and Applications (Progress in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics)
Book (Springer)

Paper battery?

by edsdesk

Mon Dec 7, 4:28 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ordinary paper could one day be used as a lightweight battery to power the devices that are now enabling the printed word to be eclipsed by e-mail, e-books and online news.
Scientists at Stanford University in California reported on Monday they have successfully turned paper coated with ink made of silver and carbon nanomaterials into a "paper battery" that holds promise for new types of lightweight, high-performance energy storage.
The same feature that helps ink adhere to paper allows it to hold onto the single-walled carbon nanotubes and silver nanowire films

Some ... some not.

by setArcos

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Genetic engineering
Synthetic biology, synthetic genomics
Artificial photosynthesis
Anti-aging drugs: resveratrol, SRT1720
Vitrification or cryoprotectant
Hibernation or suspended animation
Stem cell treatments
Personalized medicine
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In vitro meat
Regenerative medicine
[edit] Energy systems
Emerging technology
Concentrated solar power includes thermal

Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage  — R & D Magazine
“We are looking for solid materials that can store and release hydrogen easily,” said Olivia Graeve, a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, who has gained international recognition as a nanomaterials manufacturing expert.

Springer Nanoscale Thermoelectrics (Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology)
Book (Springer)
CRC Press Computational Nanotechnology Using Finite Difference Time Domain
Book (CRC Press)
New Age Science Nano Materials
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