Nano nano! What is nanotechnology?

By 4 July 2018Media

Peter Binks, CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, answers the question ‘How does nanotechnology work?’

Nano nano! What is nanotechnology?

Peter Binks, CEO of Nanotechnology Victoria, answers the question 'How does nanotechnology work?' In a little glass box, being pushed out the side of the Eureka Tower, 88 floors above the busy city streets presenter Peter Rowsthorn, from ABC's Can We Help? nervously takes the hand of Dr Peter Binks. Suddenly the opaque floor becomes clear iGlass, revealing the enormous drop below. Click here for complete video http://abcspla.sh/m/155850

Posted by iGlass on Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Click here for complete video http://abcspla.sh/m/155850

In a little glass box, being pushed out the side of the Eureka Tower, 88 floors above the busy city streets presenter Peter Rowsthorn, from ABC’s Can We Help? nervously takes the hand of Dr Peter Binks. Suddenly the opaque floor becomes clear glass, revealing the enormous drop below.

The two men gaze through the floor of the elevator…created using iGlass Privacy PDLC technology

PETER ROWSTHORN: Oh, that’s a bit wrong, isn’t it? How is this nanotechnology?

DR PETER BINKS: What you’ve got is normal glass, but it’s formed so you’ve got a little layer in between that controls whether it’s opaque or whether it is clear.

PETER ROWSTHORN: That layer is a thin layer of emulsion.

DR PETER BINKS: That emulsion, if you don’t have an electric current across it, has these randomly oriented liquid crystals within and therefore appears opaque. But if you apply a very small potential across it, the liquid crystals immediately align and the whole thing becomes transparent.

PETER ROWSTHORN: There are a lot of windows in the city, and this technology has huge implications for the way they are heated and cooled.

For full transcript click here http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/155850/

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