An Iranian cooperative company has managed to produce and export nano-Zinc-oxide-containing petroleum jelly capable of absorbing ultraviolet radiation.
Hamidreza Dastjerd from the Research and Development section of this company explained that extremely harsh sunlight can cause a lot of damage to the skin, which can be avoided by using petroleum jelly to protect the skin, and repair the damaged ones.
“We added nano-scaled zinc oxide to petroleum jelly so that it would protect the skin against ultraviolet radiation,” he said.
According to him, the nano-enhanced petroleum jelly, which is commonly known in Iran as ‘vaseline’, is produced and distributed in the market in capacities of three tons a month.
He noted that this kind of oil-based ointment is currently being exported to African and Arab countries, such as Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
Iran is the fourth top country of the world in the field of nano-technology in competition with China, India and South Korea, Head of the 3rd Nanotechnology and Nano-Medicine conference Mehdi Rezayat declared last month, adding that the neighboring countries are trailing far behind the Islamic Republic.
Rezayat said in a press conference that Iran is a long distance ahead of the neighboring countries and its main rivals are countries of China, India, South Korea, and European countries.
Rezayat said that in 2019, more than 10,400 articles have been published in nanotechnology in ISI journals in which Iran has the fourth rank, a status defended by Iran in the past several years.
He said that Iran is in a good condition in production of science, and that the 10-year document of nanotechnology has called for commercialization, export, and founding international companies and cooperation.
He added that there are more than 35,000 students and graduates in this field, a part of which are in nanomedicine. More than 220 knowledge-based companies are working in the area and more than 660 certified products have been produced in different fields, such as pharmaceuticals and textile.
In the Iranian year (starting on March 21, 2015), the turnover of nanotechnology was very small but reached $60 million in preceding two years and more than $83 million in the latest single year. It is expected to surpass $165 million dollars until March 20, which marks the beginning of the Iranian new year.
Iran has made huge progress in different sciences and technologies in recent years.
Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari announced early in December 2018 that Iran stood atop the nations of the region in the production of science and technology.
"Now, Iran ranks first in the region in science and technology," Sattari said, addressing a forum on stem cells in Tehran.