New materials with superior properties

Ranked #5 on the list Top 10 Promising Nanotechnologies

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About New materials with superior properties

  • Field: Nanomaterials
  • Availability: Present/near future/distant future

One promise of nanotechnology, is the development of new types of material with superior properties to the materials we have today. We already have carbon-reinforced materials, but imagine a plane built entirely out of superlight, superstrong nanomaterials. This will increase fuel efficiency, and decrease the carbon footprint of transport. You could also imagine yourself standing outside, waiting for a bus, on a rainy fall day. How wonderful wouldn’t it be if your clothes were superhydrophobic, so that your jacket would repel ALL water, keeping you completely dry? Or a car with a paintjob that prevents scratches?

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