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June 8, 2010

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Nanotechnology products are increasing in number, as hundreds of manufacturers across all industries use nanotechnology in their product designs. Their participation in this nano-revolution of sorts benefits the end consumers, who now have more innovative products to choose from, and in nearly all types of applications — food, cosmetics, clothing, appliances, and yes, even protective coatings.

The technology to control matter at its molecular level has immense potential. Here are some of them:

1. Nanotechnology applications are diverse and cut across all industries.

2. New materials with nano-scale dimensions can be created.

3. Nano-materials are now applied in areas of medicine, electronics, energy production, construction industry, protective coatings industry, to name a few.

Although nanotechnology is very promising, there are advocacy groups who are raising concerns over its adoption and use. Their concerns are summarized in the following:

1. Environmental impact of nano-material production and use

2. Toxicity of these new materials

3. Economic effect of the technology

Such concerns have raised the possibility of regulating the use of nano-materials, as well as a risk analysis as to its real impact to the world.

In the area of protective coatings, zinc oxide is used to create the nano-materials for surface protective coatings, paints and finishes. The nano-materials fall in the surface functionalized nano-particle category, where the surface chemistry can be controlled to change the behavior of the surface. With nanotechnology, the surface structure can be re-ordered to increase many properties, such as its adhesion, resistance, and corrosion properties. Furthermore, some surfaces can be imbued with IV-absorbing as well as anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties, which is not present in ordinary painted surfaces.

Nanotechnology products are increasing in number, as hundreds of manufacturers across all industries use nanotechnology in their product designs. Their participation in this nano-revolution of sorts benefits the end consumers, who now have more innovative products to choose from, and in nearly all types of applications — food, cosmetics, clothing, appliances, and yes, even protective coatings.

The technology to control matter at its molecular level has immense potential. Here are some of them:

1. Nanotechnology applications are diverse and cut across all industries.

2. New materials with nano-scale dimensions can be created.

3. Nano-materials are now applied in areas of medicine, electronics, energy production, construction industry, protective coatings industry, to name a few.

Although nanotechnology is very promising, there are advocacy groups who are raising concerns over its adoption and use. Their concerns are summarized in the following:

1. Environmental impact of nano-material production and use

2. Toxicity of these new materials

3. Economic effect of the technology

Such concerns have raised the possibility of regulating the use of nano-materials, as well as a risk analysis as to its real impact to the world.

In the area of protective coatings, zinc oxide is used to create the nano-materials for surface protective coatings, paints and finishes. The nano-materials fall in the surface functionalized nano-particle category, where the surface chemistry can be controlled to change the behavior of the surface. With nanotechnology, the surface structure can be re-ordered to increase many properties, such as its adhesion, resistance, and corrosion properties. Furthermore, some surfaces can be imbued with IV-absorbing as well as anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties, which is not present in ordinary painted surfaces.

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