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Periodic graphics: The chemistry of nanotechnology

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the chemistry behind the nanotechnology in products around your house.

by Andy Brunning
October 7, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 40


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Prof. Reshef Tenne (October 15, 2016 4:40 AM)
Dear Dr. Brunning,

I looked up at your article in C%EN issue of 10/12/16. I am somewhat disappointed from your report which disregards the importance of fullerene-like WS2 nanoparticles in the lubrication industry. This technology was develope din my laboratory in the Weizmann Institute of Science ( You may also look into the website of Nanotech Industrial Solutions ( which speaks for itself. Thousands of tons of lubricants formulated with such nanoparticles are being sold annually. I hope you can comment on this note.

Wishing you all the best, Reshef Tenne

Andy Brunning (October 17, 2016 6:38 AM)
Hi Prof. Tenne, thanks for your comment. It wasn't the intention at all to imply that the uses featured are the only important ones. Of course, in the C&EN graphic we only have a limited amount of space, and there are many other uses of nanotechnology that also had to be omitted. Maybe a future graphic on lubricants isn't out of the question, which could also look at the application of fullerenes in these in more detail.
makovic (November 6, 2016 2:38 PM)
Last few days i was looking for a nice article in C%EN issue. Now i have got it . All information will be very helpful. Thanks for sharing with us .

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