Tiny Technologies, Incredible Impact

From lightweight sports equipment to potable water, here are ten ways that nanotechnology is changing our lives.

AsianScientist (May 27, 2015) – Nanotechnology is often portrayed on television and in the movies as a technology that will be integral to our lives in the distant future. However, nanotechnology is already everywhere and influencing our daily activities. From lightweight sports equipment to potable water, Edward Chow discusses ten ways that nanotechnology is changing our lives.



Carbon nanotubes and graphene are some of the carbon nanomaterials that have been incorporated into sports equipment such as tennis rackets and golf clubs. Many of the world’s best tennis players, including Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, are now using nanotechnology-enhanced tennis rackets.

Because of graphene’s impressive strength-to-weight ratio, sports equipment maker Head has incorporated graphene into the shafts of tennis rackets, allowing for improved weight distribution in these rackets. Yonex, on the other hand, has incorporated carbon nanotubes into golf club shafts, making lighter and stronger golf clubs that result in the longer drives every golfer seeks.

Photo: regan76/Flickr/CC.
Photo: regan76/Flickr/CC.


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Dr Edward Chow is an assistant professor and junior principal investigator at the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore. The Chow lab is interested in cancer stem cells (CSCs) and developing carbon-based nanoparticle drug-delivery platforms for enhanced diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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