Material Science Reinvented
According to the National Science foundation, the development of Nanotechnology will bring about “more changes in the next 30 years than we saw in all of the last century.” Nanotechnology is the art and science of manipulating matter at the nanoscale (down to 1/100,000 the width of a human hair) to create new and unique materials and products (as defined by The Project on Emerging Technologies). According to the US Government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), “nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications.” “Nano” is a prefix meaning 10-9 power, and thus the nanometer is a length measurement equal to 1×10-9 meters. Within the last decade, the terms “nanoparticle,” “nanomaterial,” and “nanophase” have emerged to describe new elements of technology that provide property enhancements in engineered materials and their related applications. Nanotechnology in its purest form is the means to manipulate and control matter on the atomic level. This leads to improvement in material performance by systematically changing specific properties of value in larger scale products. These larger scale products can possess entirely new combinations of properties. Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices with wide-ranging applications including structural composites, oilfield materials, metals, electronics, and energy production. NanoRidge is poised to be a significant part of the nanotechnology industry. NanoRidge purchases various carbon nanotubes from commercial sources and processes them using proprietary technology to maximize the benefits in several matrix materials. This development yields advanced, nano-enhanced, commercially available products.