What is Nanotechnology?

Tunneling Nanotubes. Carbon Nanotubes
used to assist cell communication.

There are no controversial nanoparticles in our coatings.

Nanotechnology is the fabrication of functional systems at the molecular scale; the building of materials or devices where at least one dimension is smaller than 100 nanometers (1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter). The nanotech industry is of immense importance to the fields of medicine, communications, energy, computers, industry and consumer goods, and many other areas. But with the fabrication of nanoscale systems, there may be ramifications in their development. Generally, nanotech surface technologies are formulated using engineered particles of matter, it is these particles that are controversial.

SiO2 International coatings contain no lab developed particles of matter or nanoparticles. It may be stated that we are related to nanotechnology as we can develop coatings within the nanotech scale. Unless specifically requested by a client, our treatments are larger than 100 nanometers, therefore we have little involvement with the industry of nanotechnology.

Advancement in the instruments for imaging at the quantum level has allowed for the manipulation of atoms, therefore enabling nanotechnology. Most structures created are based on the assembly of “ultrafine particles” or engineered nanoparticles. SiO2 Coatings are developed by using different processes. They are made by isolating fully understood molecules of silicon dioxide, the most abundant mineral on earth and found in the foods we eat. Once our products are applied, these molecules form a polymerized molecular layer of pure quartz glass that protects the surface from the environment.

To understand the measurement of a nanometer, a human hair is approximately 80,000 nanometers in width.

1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter or 10-9.       Diameter of an atom = .1 – .5 nanometer (1- 5 angstrom, 100 – 500 picometers)