OECD member countries, as well as some non-member economies and other stakeholders, are pooling expertise and funding to test the human health and environmental safety effects of a number of nanomaterials.
Carbon fibers that are only one-tenth the size of a human hair, but three times stronger than steel, may hold up to the intense heat and radiation of next generation nuclear power generators, providing a safety mechanism.
Imagine a 'magic additive', which when added to engine oil, increases the fuel efficiency of your car by 35 to 50 per cent and cuts down on carbon emission by 90 per cent. Such an additive has already been successfully tested at the University of North Carolina.
Spanish scientists have strung fullerene buckyballs together to produce a polymer with unique electronic properties. The creation of these polymers, which resemble a string of pearls, has demonstrated a new approach to designing novel materials.
Job seekers in Oklahoma currently cannot find any ads or postings for companies seeking nanotechnology technicians, said Sheryl Hale, manager, innovative programs, research and development at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.