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nanocrystal

A nanocrystal is a crystalline particle with at least one dimension measuring less than 1000 nanometers (nm), where 1 nm is defined as 1 thousand-millionth of a meter (10-9 m).

Nanocrystals have a wide variety of proven and potential applications. They have been used in the manufacture of filters that refine crude oil into diesel fuel. Nanocrystals can also be layered and applied to flexible substrates to produce solar panels. Research at the University of Queensland (Australia) have yielded promising results in this field. Titania nanocrystals can be suspended in liquid form and applied to surfaces, making it possible to literally paint a solar panel onto an exterior wall or roof.

Possible future uses of nanocrystals include:

  • Production of hydrogen
  • Removal of pollutants and toxins
  • Medical imaging
  • Bio-tags for gene identification
  • Drug manufacture
  • Protein analysis
  • Flat-panel displays
  • Illumination
  • Optical and infrared lasers
  • Optoisolators
  • Magneto-optical memory chips
  • Self-organized smart materials.

NanoCrystal® is also a registered trademark of Elan Pharma International Ltd. (Ireland) for a technology that improves the bioavailability of drugs by rendering them as nanoscale particles that can be suspended in liquids, made into powder, pressed into tablets or encapsulated.

This was last updated in May 2019

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Since the 1970's we thought it was science fiction when we heard futuristic comments about MRI's, Chemotherapy, open heart surgery, stents. My parents missed out on those life savers. We heard futuristic comments about a computer in every home, phones without cords, being able to call a person and look at them on a screen, cell phones to become smart phones where you carry a mini computer with you, DNA. Give me a break it will never happen. It did.  I think we are about to reach another incredible moment, Nanocrystal electricity. No more plug in cords needed in the home. Also, Nanocrystal will be involved in so much more including medically, socially, manufacturing. I can't wrap my brain around this and it's so exciting and I just want to get rid of my power cords. 
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You’ll get rid of your power cords but this is definitely not the technology being used.
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How can anyone put a patent on this when it was invented by tesla?
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What items do you interact with that uses nanocrystals?
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How do I time travel?
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