How Small is Small? Nanometers Explained

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


We live in a growing world. Everyday cars are getting bigger, buildings are getting taller, phones are getting larger and Americans are getting wider (I can say that, I’m an American). But here at HZO we are getting smaller. In fact, we are obsessed with getting smaller. Every day our engineers, chemists and recently added physicist work tirelessly to make HZO’s already miniscule technology smaller and even less invasive.

The prefix “nano” is used in many different industries and in many different contexts, but no matter the situation it is used to describe something that is really, really, incomprehensibly tiny. In fact it’s used to describe and measure things on the molecular level.

But how small is small? Let’s put it into perspective.

  • The Empire State Building is more than 443,000,000,000 nanometers tall.
  • Shaquille O’Neal is 2,160,000,000 nanometers tall.
  • A single hair on your head is 100,000 nanometers wide.
  • A common germ is about 1,000 nanometers wide – I don’t know about you, but that fact that we can measure a germ makes me want to wash my hands more often.

So what’s the big deal? Why does this matter? At just 5,000 nanometers, our coating is 20X thinner than a single strand of hair (and if you’re counting, that’s 43,200X thinner than Shaq). Unlike other materials, HZO’s nanotechnology bonds to practically any surface and creates a tight, conformal seal that keeps corrosives and contaminants at bay. Our nanotechnology offers a robust protection solution against liquid submersion for electronic components and devices, and since our micro thin material is applied directly to the electrical components there is no change in the weight, look or feel of the device after the treatment has been applied.

So long story short, and a few useless facts later; HZO protects your devices in ways that no other technology can by applying a thin film that is durable and consistent, protecting electronics from corrosion and failure that occurs as a result of exposure to any kind of liquid. It protects at the microscopic level, and it doesn’t just keep water and other liquids away from the all-important electronic components but it literally changes how these liquids and corrosives react to the protected surface. Contact us today if you have a device or product you’re interested in protecting.

Ryan Moore

Ryan is a 9-year veteran to the world of protecting electronics from harsh environments and a lover of all things technology.

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