The Most Important Breakthrough in Nanotechnology – Verification Bodies
The Cutting-Edge of Nanotechnology
Throughout history, humans have always been driven by the chase of the next big thing. It started off with harnessing fire, and then conquering the land with automobiles, we then turned our collective attentions to the sky with astronauts and rocket ships.
The turn of the century saw attentions switch from the very large to the very very small – nano in fact!
The concept of nano has been around for decades (since the 1950’s to be precise). Our scientists have contemplated and experimented on the nano-scale since the 70’s – with the first instance of nanotechnology coming in the early 80’s in the form of the scanning tunnelling microscope.
However, it wasn’t until we stepped in to the 2000s that nanotechnology truly started to take off. Increasing understanding, reducing barriers to research and decreasing cost all combined to propel innovation within the nanotechnology industry leading to incredible discoveries and developments that are shaping the future of our world.
Nowadays, nanotechnology has even been come a staple of Hollywood, with numerous movies incorporating conceptual nanotechnology as part of the story or their characters arsenals. No where is this move evident than in the much loved Marvel Cinematic Universe movies from the Mark 50 Iron Man suit in Avengers: Infinity War to nanotechnology inspired Pym Particles in Ant-Man and the Wakandan tech in Black Panther.
In fact, the past few years have seen nanotechnology move forward in leaps and bounds with incredible innovations that have impacted a wide range of industries.
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For instance, in the field of medicine nanotechnology is proving to be critical particularly in drug delivery. Nano-carriers are helping cancer treatment drugs more effectively target cancerous cells leading to more efficient treatment with reduced side effects.
Outside of healthcare, nano-agriculture is quickly gaining traction rising to meet the growing needs of our inflating population. Nano-sized particles are being utilised to protect plants, monitor growth, detect diseases, increase production, enhance quality and reduce waste.
Nanotechnology is even helping us go green and secure our energy requirements in the long term. Nanotechnology is being applied to solar technology to enhance the absorption of light, increase the conversation of light to electricity, and provide better thermal storage and transport, thereby improving overall efficiency and reducing cost.
These are just some examples of the ground-breaking innovations that are occurring at a rapid pace within the nanotechnology industry. All of which, have the potential to totally change the way we live. But there is one important development within the industry that could prove to be the most important of them all.
I am of course talking about the rise of verification bodies within the nanotechnology industry. At first glance this may seem to be a relatively mundane development especially when compared to the incredible technological feats described earlier.
However, if we take a deeper look at their roles, functions and impact thus far, you will come to see that nanotechnology verification bodies could very well be the lynchpin to the success of the industry.
Before we delve any deeper, a quick overview of nano-verificaiton bodies is necessary. As it stands today, there are six recognised nano-verification bodies across the globe. NanoQ (Thailand), NanoCertifica (Russia), NanoMark (Taiwan), NanoMark (Iran), MNT Quality Mark (UK) and Malaysia’s own NanoVerify mark.