We have only just begun to uncover the vast possibilities of this fascinating field (nanotechnology). The first interesting products have been developed, from additives in cosmetics to barrier effects in adhesives, and lubricants for process chemicals.
Although to many they are simply articles of daily use, high-performance laundry detergents, household cleaners, cosmetics, and adhesives rely strongly on the results of research into innovative key technologies. These range from white biotechnology, molecular biology, nanotechnology, material sciences and chemistry to digital image processing and other engineering disciplines. This diversity was also demonstrated by the eight project teams that were honored with the Research/Technology Invention Award 2007.