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What is Nanotechnology?

Jun 24th 2020

Lately on the Metro Screenworks blog, we have been discussing products such as Virus Guard and Allergy Guard. These products are especially pertinent to discuss now as they can be used to help create PPE materials such as face masks for coronavirus, filters for reusable cloth masks, partitions, and more. When talking about these products and how they can protect us, it’s important to understand how they work — how they can help to protect us.

To understand how they can help to protect us, we must understand the technology behind the potential benefits. Today, on the Metro Screenworks blog, we are going to take a quick look at nanotechnology and how it informs these PPE products. To learn more about material for face masks, filters, and more that we offer, check out our information page and shop all of our products online. Hungry for more? Check out past blog posts and our press releases.

Nanoscience is the study of small particles and more specifically, those that can be measured by nanometers. Nanoscience is studied in a variety of fields of study including chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering. Nanotechnology is nanoscience applied to create products and materials that enhance our lives.

What is Nanoscience?

Nanoscience is the study of small particles and more specifically, those that can be measured by nanometers. Nanoscience is studied in a variety of fields of study including chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering. Nanotechnology is nanoscience applied to create products and materials that enhance our lives.

How Big is a Nanometer?

A nanometer isn’t something that we can see with the naked eye and so, it may be hard to conceptualize, but we can gain an understanding by comparison:

  • An inch = 25,400,000 nanometers
  • A sheet of newspaper is 100,000 nanometer thick
  • A marble to the earth is one nanometer to a meter

To say the least, a nanometer is small! Particles that are measured by nanometers include viruses, pollution, fly ash, dust particles, bacteria, and more.

Why Does This Matter?

You may be asking, “why is an online window screen store talking about nanoparticles and nanoscience?” The reason is our Virus Guard and Allergy Guard window screens. Like many of our speciality screens, these air filtration window screens use the advances of modern technology to provide additional benefits, beyond just keeping the bugs out of our home. These additional benefits can enhance our quality of life and, in this case, help to protect you from the coronavirus and other harmful illnesses and substances.

Virus Guard and Allergy Guard

Virus Guard and Allergy Guard utilize nanotechnology to essentially filter out pollution, bacteria, dust, hair, and lastly, but certainly not least, viruses. These products can filter particles as small as 0.02 microns; the coronavirus measures 0.1-0.3 microns — easily trapped by these filtering fabrics and mesh. This isn’t just a theoretical idea. Both of these products have been lab-tested to meet or exceed ASHRAE 52.1 test standards.

To learn more about Virus Guard and Allergy Guard and how they can help to protect you against the coronavirus, read past blogs, read recent press releases, and shop our online store.