Czech Republic is a nanotechnological superpower. We turn pig faeces into drinkable water

One of the guarantors of this year Future Port Prague will be Jiří Kůs, Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association chairman of the Executive Board. Now when we say “nanotechnologies”, many of you may think of nanobots or maybe nobel phenomenon of recent times – graphene.

What if I told you that our little country is a nanotechnology superpower. Although we don’t develop nanobots that will clear bacteria from your blood or destroy tumors, we can turn pig faeces into drinkable water. Pretty impressive don’t you think? Another company can protect your bed from mites. Where’s the trick? Both companies use nanofibres which is exclusively Czech nanotechnology.

Bedding covers by nanoSPACE prevent mites to get into your duvet or pillow. Spaces inside the fabric are physically so narrow that mites won’t pass. Therefore there is no need for chemistry. It is that simple.

Czech Research Technology Institute (VTI) filters made out of nanofibres can filter clean water, which by the way tastes really good – as I can confirm. Again, for the most part this is possible due to the fact that there are almost no spaces between single fibres. And it doesn’t end here. VTI brings the whole economical solution for recycling of swine faeces. Once you separate the water you will get dry smelly leftovers. This solid material is transformed into pellets which can be used as fertilizer product or as alternative for firewood – with better calorific value.

These high quality nanofibrous materials are made by Czech company Pardam with their electrospinning and centrifugal spinning nanofiber production technology. Their nanofibers have many commercial applications such as energy storage (novel material for batteries and fuel cells). Composite materials (ceramic and polymer composites), catalysts, sensors, thin films, membrane separation or decontamination (water and air purification).

“Golden Czech hands,” as Czechs use to say – and I’m afraid only they do – is a saying that in this case is completely justified. The very same hands managed to create a fascinating nanotech field which has a huge potential. So let’s be proud of our nano country where small is big.