Liquid glass: nanotechnology in architecture


Nanotechnology up close (image: Treehugger)

What is nanotechnology, and what implications could it have for the built environment? Jeremy Elton Jacquot outlines some of the debate surrounding this nascent science: “Not since the advent of genetic engineering have environmentalists, scientists and policymakers been so divided over a new technology.”

Neil McLelland of Nanopool, however, is excited about the prospect. Guest editing Glasswire, an independent newsletter for the glass and glazing industry, he says

Nano is an overworked yet often ill understood term. It of course refers to the world of the very small. Objects that have dimensions of 1 nano metre are 1 billionth of a metre thin; but this fascinating number is not nearly as impressive as the way that nano materials function. Due to the attributes of materials at the quantum level, we will be able to create glass that is thinner, lighter, thermally more efficient yet significantly more durable than the forms that are currently available. Frames will be made of nano composites that are self-healing and nano metals will be significantly lighter and stronger. Liquid glass technology is a perfect example of what is ahead.”

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2 Responses to “Liquid glass: nanotechnology in architecture”

  1. 3d architect Says:

    Thanks for this great write up. I definitely liked every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked and will be checking back.

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