Over 1,300 nanotech-related items in marts worldwide

March 11th, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 11 (IANS) Over 1,300 manufacturer-identified, nanotechnology-enabled products have entered the commercial marketplace worldwide, according to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN).

The most recent update to the PEN’s five-year-old inventory reflects the continuing use of the tiny particles in everything from conventional products like non-stick cookware to self-cleaning window treatments.

The updated inventory represents products from over 30 countries, including the US, China, Canada, Germany, and India. This update also identifies products that were previously available, but for which there is no current information.

“The use of nanotechnology in consumer products continues to grow on a rapid and consistent basis,” says PEN director David Rejeski, according to a PEN statement.

“When we launched the inventory in March 2006, it contained 212 products. If the current trend continues, the number of products could reach 3,400 by 2020.”

Health and fitness items continue to dominate the PEN inventory, representing 56 percent of the listed products.

More products are based on nanoscale silver - used for its antimicrobial properties -than any other nanomaterial; 313 products (24 percent of the inventory) use silver nanoparticles.

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