The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has just published a report on novel materials and has looked at the case of nanotechnology, which describes the science of the very small.Nanotechnology covers those man-made materials or objects that are about a thousand times smaller than the microtechnology we use routinely, such as the silicon chips of computers.A team of scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne have developed a cheap and efficient way to create textiles fused with nanostructures capable of degrading organic matter when exposed to light.Their techniques pave the way for the creation of clothes which could be cleaned of daily grime simply by being put under a lightbulb, or even worn outside during the day.Nanotechnology derives its name from the nanometre, which is a billionth of a metre.
You could one day wash your clothes by exposing them to light, if pioneering materials developed by Australian nanotechnology researchers prove successful.
They include nanoparticles of titanium dioxide added to sun creams to make them transparent instead of white, or tiny fragments of silver that are added to sports equipment to make them odour-free – the silver acts as a powerful anti-bacterial agent.
Nanomedicine are also being developed to fight cancer and other fatal diseases.
With their comprehensive expertise in bulk and packed distribution of chemicals and liquid oils, they continue to build strong alliances around the world.
The addition of nanotechnology in their product line further proves that they are looking to cement their future as a true global presence.