Nanotechnology

Nano


“Nano” is used in the art as an order of magnitude, such as milli, centi, and kilo, for example. “Nano” means “billionth of something”. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter (10-9m). A human hair is about 80,000 nanometers thick. And one nanometer is comparable to one meter, the way a small football relates to the Earth.

The build-up of substances

Substances are made up of molecules. Molecules in turn are made up of atoms. An atom is 0.1 to 0.5 nanometers in size, the size of molecules is of the order of nanometers.

Our coatings

We are specialized in Nano coatings, these are surface protection products that form a protective layer, made up of particles with a size of 1 to 100 nanometers and/or a layer thickness of 1 to 100 nanometers. The protective layer formed with Qi NanoTech coatings contains titanium dioxide (Self-cleaning coating), a number of the coatings also contain silicon dioxide.

 

The effect of a Nano Coating

The effect created with a Nano Coating is often the result of consciously changing the surface energy of the coated object. Each material has a certain surface energy (with liquids: surface tension), the behavior of a liquid on a solid surface depends on the surface energy of the surface.

 

Health, safety and sustainability

Recent research shows that the application of Silanes, Siloxanes and Silicones prevents much more CO2 emissions than is emitted during their life cycle. For every kilo of CO2 consumed during the life cycle of the Silicon products, there is a saving of 9 kilos of CO2 as a result of a more effective and efficient use of raw materials and energy achieved through the use of Silanes, Siloxanes and Silicones.

Nano materials are considered as chemicals, all legal regulations for chemicals such as REACH apply to Nano coatings. Qi NanoTech cooperates with leading European chemical companies. Before new products come onto the market, the potential risks of those products to humans and the environment are assessed. On the one hand, the material properties are taken into account, on the other hand, the duration and frequency of exposure to the material. The Nanoparticles in the Qi NanoTech nano coatings are often created as a result of a chemical reaction that takes place after the coating has been applied to the substrate. Precautions when applying the coating are clearly stated at all times. In the training of the installer, a lot of attention is paid to the environment and safety.