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What is Nanotechnology?

 

Nanotechnology refers to the production, research and use of extremely small structures on the atomic and molecular levels. One nanometer (nm) represents 4 – 6 atoms and is only one ten-thousandth as thick as a single strand of human hair, or one-millionth of a millimeter.

Particles on a nano scale, called “nano particles” or polymers (smaller than 100 nm), are the building blocks of nanotechnology.

Nano particles are typically contained within a "carrier," which in our products are water- or alcohol-based solutions. The nano particles in our products are primarily glass ceramics, silver and titanium dioxide; the precise composition varies depending on the surface to be treated. The particles self-organize themselves on the surface to which they’re applied, forming an invisible barrier. The water or alcohol carrier evaporates but the nano particles remain on the sealed surfaces.

Nanotechnology offers endless opportunities for almost every field, including energy and conservation, information technology, business, and the hospitality, medical and pharmaceutical industries.

Nature serves as the inspiration behind such technology:  The lotus leaf provides perhaps the best example of water-repellent and self-cleaning properties.



 
  How Do NanoSafeguard’s Products Work?
 
     
 

NanoSafeguard coatings are only a few nanometers thick and cannot be seen with the naked eye. They  form very strong chemical bonds with the surfaces to which they are applied and withstand considerable exposure from external forces, ensuring long-lasting protection for sealed items. 

The nano particles in our products organize themselves to form a coating that bonds with the surface. With smooth, non-absorbent surfaces, nano particles combine with the surface; liquids are repelled, taking contaminants like dirt with them. With porous surfaces, nano particles fill up the pores from the inside. Fungus, lichen, algae and moss can no longer adhere to the surface and dirt and liquids can no longer penetrate. A similar interaction takes place on textiles and upholstery, where the nano coating surrounds the fibers, preventing any liquids or pollutants from penetrating the sealant.

Shortly after applying NanoSafeguard (one day for smooth surfaces, textiles and upholstery; two days for porous surfaces), the coating develops its full effect. The look, texture and breathability of treated materials are not affected whatsoever and are completely harmless to skin.

After drying, NanoSafeguard coatings are heat resistant (up to 450° C / 842° F), UV stable, and frost resistant. (Please note that heat resistant does not mean fireproof.) NanoSafeguard-treated surfaces are stronger and more scratch resistant than non-treated surfaces, diminishing the harm average mechanical wear inflicts and minimizing elemental damage. You can wash the surface, for example, with a high-pressure cleaner (maximum 50/60 bar or 725/870 psi) and, depending on the surface, a brush.

 


 
 
When applied and dried properly, nano coatings pose no health risks and are completely harmless.

The process used to create these particles is called a Sol-Gel process. To learn more about this extremely advanced technology, please visit Wikipedia.
 
   
   


 
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