Nanotechnology making waves in construction

Once belonging only to the world of fiction, nanotechnology is now being investigated as a viable and helpful tool to improve the way human beings do things. While movies depict nanotechnology as a double-edged sword -– see its power unleashed as a potent weapon in the 2009 film “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” — nanoparticles are now bring designed as an effective ally in improving construction and design.
Unfortunately, not many scientists and building experts are aware of this technological breakthrough. In fact, a survey conducted in the U.K. in 2012 revealed the majority of occupation health and safety experts along with building designers were unaware that the products that they are using contain nanoparticles.

Part of this is probably the stigma against this misunderstood technology. “Some nanoparticles have been cited as generating health problems … but there doesn’t seem to be enough evidence to persuade governments to take specific action,” according to Alistair Gibb, professor at Loughborough University in U.K.

As reported in a news release, Gibb and a team of researchers aim to gather more information about nanoparticles and disseminate the news of the importance of these small substances in various processes. “If we know where nanomaterials are and record that, then if the research does end up proving the worst, we can do something about it in the future,” Gibb added.

Some common products that use nanotechnology include self-cleaning glass panes, fast-drying concrete, and high-strength steel. The research team hopes that more knowledge about nanoparticles could pave the way for better understanding of their benefits and hazards. Get started with ProEst's subcontractor estimating software today!

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