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Posted: January 19, 2007

On the road with nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) Yesterday, Daytonabrands, a "manufacturer and marketer of innovative consumer products for the automobile and home" announced that it has acquired exclusive retail rights to "the only Nanotechnology Engine Treatment Formula that has been approved by the U.S. Government." The company didn't say what exactly the nanotech component of this engine oil is.
It seems that "powered by nanotechnology" has become a catchy phrase that suppliers of auto consumer products increasingly attach to products ranging from engine oil and windshield treatment to paint coating and in-car air purifiers. Take a look at some examples (click on the image for the web link):
Clarity Defender™ Automotive Windshield Treatment
Eagle One Nano Wax®, Nano-Polish™, and Nanoprotectant™
ENVIROX™ Fuel Borne Catalyst
K&W NanoTechnology Permanent Head Gasket and Block Repair
NanoBreeze® Car Air Purifier and Mini Car Air Purifier
Nano FuelSaver
Nanoprotect® AG surface treatment for automotive glass surfaces
Percenta Nano Paint Sealant /td>
Turtle Wax F21 Car Polish, Car Wash Spray on Wheel Cleaner and Super Protectant
Yokohama S.drive tires
A completely different use of nanotechnology was announced by the authorities in Malaysia: Called the NanoTag programme, this is a system of 'tagging' subsidised diesel with nanoparticles at distribution depots of all fuel companies around the country before the product is being distributed. Abuse of subsidised diesel had caused the government to suffer losses of tens of millions of US dollars.
A "Nano Strike Team", a special task force comprising 150 of the ministry's enforcement officers, supported by the Chemistry Department for forensic analysis conducts frequent and unscheduled spot checks on between 7,000 and 10,000 commercial premises using diesel across the nation.
Samples during the first month of the program showed that out of a total of 3,965 samples taken from 1,530 premises in one district, 70% or 1,193 were found to be using diesel marked with NanoTag.
Based on the sampling, it was estimated that the total volume of subsidised diesel abuse in the country had reached 225 million litres or losses worth approx US$ 45 million in terms of government subsidies.
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