Government

Governments around the world have invested over $67B USD in nanotechnology research since 2000. Europe, U.S.A. and Japan are amongst the highest investors.

||Argentina, Portugal, Spain

Increasing participation in the pursuit of nanotechnological abvancements and national strength is recently represented by a joint agreement between Argentina, Portugal, and Spain on March 11, 2014. The intention is to share human capital and a state-of-the-art International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory for nanotech related projects.

||European Union (EU)

The newest $80B funding initiative is named Horizon 2020, which will supercede the 7th research framework programme (FP7) closing in 2013. Horizon 2020 is aimed at improving nano-technology transfer into the market. Some specific programs are also listed here.

Horizon2020

Nanoelectronics research programs are aimed at enhancing the further integration and miniaturization of devices and increasing their functionalities. The semiconductor industry is of course the main target. Silicon photonics device development just went through a €8.5 million European Commission HELIOS project (launched in 2008).

It is strategically important for Europe to maintain photonic chip-design and chip-integrating functions to compete with other countries and to encourage innovation by European microelectronics companies”

Laurent Malier, Leti CEO

HELIOS focused on developing essential building blocks like efficient optical sources (silicon-based and heterogeneous integration of III-V on silicon), integrated lasers, high-speed modulators and photo-detectors. The program led to more than 170 publications and communications in peer-review journals and international conferences.  In the near future, new major players are expected to emerge such as carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturers.

The EU is also active in standardizing nanotechnology concerning its impacts on health and the environment. EU also works actively with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

||Russia

Many competitive high-tech centers exist that are becoming increasingly supported by government interests. RUSNANOPRIZE is awarded across Russia for leading research in nanotechnology and nanoscience.

||Thailand

On August 13, 2003, the Thai government approved the setup of the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) under National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). After the ten year anniversary, the next 10-year National Strategic Framework in Nanotechnology was commissioned via the National Nanotechnology Policy Committee.

||United States of America

North America is always looking striving for the leading edge. On the government side, this means that good research funding may be expected. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create an Advanced Materials Center of Excellence that will be a hub for to NIST researchers as well as scientists and engineers from academia and industry (ca. $25 million award). In addition, the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure is being established, with 16 University research sites across the U.S. as of 2015.

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Industry

Networking and partnerships are surfacing as the clear way to a successful future. The private sector is realizing this at an accelerated pace as academic research funding increases while government regulations become more stringent.

||Angel Investors

Not to wait for academic or government support, some companies are turning to others with money they want to spend. Not all investors need to be rich however. Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects and is backed by investors willing to spare a few tens of dollars. Not to be underappreciated, some projects have raised upwards of a hundred thousand dollars.

To improve professional investor participation, Platinum Capital plans to launch two global nanotechnology indices. These two indices are designed to serve as benchmarks to capitalize on the fastest growing technology companies spanning the five global markets most impacted by nanotechnology: manufacturing, electronics, energy, avionics and environment.

||Mutual interest

There is a thin line between competitor and partner. The formation of the Facility 450 Consortium (F450C) at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first-of-its-kind partnership of ten leading nanoelectronics facility companies from around the world to center in New York, U.S.A. The current wafer technology is 300mm. The goal is to design and build the next-gen 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities. A private investment of $5 million and the creation of up to 150 high-tech jobs are expected. A further 1,500 jobs are promised with the Quad-C project (Computer Chip Commercialization Center) by the end of 2014. The 253,000 square-foot facility will include 56,000 square-feet of Class 1 cleanroom space.

Novati Technologies, with its roots at SEMATECH, has launched a nanofabrication center  with a significant advantage over traditional foundries. The typical 25 elements from the periodic table has been expanded to 60 by Novati. Their doors are also open to academia and companies to allow access to equipment and expertise for more effective product development.

BioNano Genomics and the New York Genome Center (NYGC, non-profit) formed a strategic partnership that includes the purchase of an Irys™ System by NYGC. The goal is to accelerate commercial technology and ultimately improve human health through genomic sequencing technology.

||Organizational

RUSNANO (governmental) and the Russian Chemists Union (non-profit) are working together to bring nanotechnological advancements to the chemical industry.

Employment

With government funding and industry backed projects, there are bound to be employment opportunities. As with any industry, nanotech requires an array of collaborative efforts and variations of manufacturing activities to bring a product into use. Some of these areas of expertise include equipment, materials, analysis and development.

||Equipment

How to make, visualize, manipulate in the world of nano is the challenge of these suppliers.

  • NanoSight, NP detection (U.K.)

||Materials

The basic nanomaterial form is a nanoparticle. Nanoparticle manufacturing and application focused companies include:

  • 3M, epoxy resins (The Americas, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia & The Pacific)
  • BASF, textile and fibers (U.S.A.)
  • Integran Technologies, coating (CAN)
  • Intrinsiq Materials, printer inks (U.S.A.)
  • Nanosphere, diagnostic testing and proteins detection (U.S.A.)
  • Nanosolar, semiconductor solar cells (U.S.A.)
  • Particle Sciences, drug delivery (U.S.A.)
  • Pixelligent Technologies, nanocrystal dispersions (U.S.A.)
  • T2 Biosystems, clinical diagnostics (U.S.A.)
  • Z-medica, hemostasis products that stop bleeding (U.S.A.)

||Multi-nationals

These companies are more application focused in delivering a more complete product to the market with a specified use. They are also some of the biggest companies on the market:

  • HP, transistors (International)
  • IBM, silicon photonic communication (International)
  • Intel, circuits (International)
  • Kodac, OLED and QDs (Internaiotnal)

||R&D

Consulting services are also being offered in nanotech. Services range in the conceptualization, feasibility and development fields:

  • Bio Nano Consulting, biotechnology and pharma (U.K.)
  • Nanoxplore, electronics (CAN)
  • Nanolab, CNTs (U.S.A.)
  • Nanotox, risk assessment and toxicology testing (U.S.A.)

Academia

Co-authors are standard in any academic publication. Usually, the co-authors are from the same research lab or perhaps from two different departments. The cross-disciplinary of nanotechnology requires a higher emphasis on skill sharing and team developement. In one instance, researchers at five Fraunhofer Institutes are working to develop production methods and processes to improve combustion engines (e.g. reducing friction losses which account up to 1/3 total energy loss).

||Electronics

Does it work? The best answer will come from the user. To this effect, academic institutions are partnering with industry companies to get research into the market faster. Cornell’s National Science Foundation has formed a partnership with the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in N.Y. (U.S.A.), part of SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), to streamline the design process and help companies plan for mass manufacturing. The project is aimed at assisting MEMS related economic activity.

||Water

University of Chicago (U.S.A.) and Ben-Gurion University (Israel) will begin funding a series of projects in nanotechnology for making clean, fresh drinking water more plentiful and less expensive by 2020.

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