In the short term, I don't expect this development will be of much benefit to DuPont's bottom line, but it is precisely the type of move that will help the material sciences conglomerate stay competitive. Not only will the high-performance thermoplastics replace some metals in a variety of applications, but the unique characteristics of these nanomaterials will also allow designers and engineers more freedom to create new products.
In the past, I have noted how Ford
For example, when one considers all the damage that hurricanes have imposed on coastal buildings over the past few years, or if one imagines the damage a massive earthquake causes, the benefits of creating materials that are stronger than steel but more flexible (and can thus better withstand the forces of Mother Nature) suddenly become more clear.
This development is yet another indication that nanotechnology is moving out of the research and development lab and into commercial products; and, from my perspective, this is great news for a company such as Harris & Harris
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