Ford Ramps Up Its Nanotechnology R&D Efforts
Ford is speeding up its nanotechnology R&D into lightweight metals and stronger plastic materials for more durable and lighter weight parts. Ford is also very interested in the area of nanofluids for vehicle fluids, including engine oil and coolants. The auto giant is accomplishing this by increasing its nanotech efforts via a collaborative agreement with Boeing and Northwestern University. Ford and Boeing are greatly assisted by the Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP), located at Northwestern University; LEAP allows the companies to analyze the molecular makeup of metals in a shorter amount of time. The three groups look to this partnership as an effective and innovative way to research commercial applications of nanotechnology.