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).
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.
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.