In just two years, a nano lubricant could be on the market that reduces gas use by 5 percent. That's Ali Erdemir in the picture. He's a slippery fellow. In 1991, he got the R&D 100, the "Oscar" of technology awards for, in Science Daily's words, "showing that microscopic particles of boric acid could dramatically reduce friction between automobile engine parts."
How does this impact fuel economy? He got a reduction in heat due friction from oil up to two thirds. "You're easily talking about a four or five percent reduction in fuel consumption," he says. Ali is working with manufacturers to bring his nano lube to market. It shouldn't cost too much because it's made from Boric acid, which is very common and cheap.
[Source: Science Daily]