Mailer: The Interface between Patents & Nanotechnology
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
In today’s technology-driven age, there is an increased demand to make materials smaller, stronger, faster and lighter. Earlier, computers occupied large rooms and huge hard disks could hold only 10-20 Megabytes. Nowadays, information storage has shrunk to an extent that, the entire 32 volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica could be fit onto the head of a pin! The study and use of structures on a nano scale (1-100 nanometers) is nanotechnology. To put nanotech in perspective, there are about 80,000 nanometers in the width of a human hair! This staggeringly small world is of momentous relevance because, it is driving the current technological revolution of the human race.
Applications of Nanotechnology:
Everyday products are now receiving a constant makeover. Nanotechnology (Nanotech or Nanoscience) helps products to be manipulated at the atomic levels, and since all matter is made up of atoms, products can be ‘operated’ upon to deliver specific properties.
Transparent sunscreen, stain-repelling t-shirts and jeans, highly-targeted drug delivery capsules, electricity-generating viruses and molecule printers – all these are a reality today, due to the extreme engineering carried out by scientists in the field of nanotech.
Since this field holds a plethora of sciences within its gamut, the technology is ever-expanding and continuously evolving to encompass an even bigger horizon of products and to create clean and green environments, fight dangerous infections and detect pathogens by using nanobiosensors in our food.