Because of its potentially
large impact on many industries, nanotechnology is widely considered to
be a revolutionary technology that could obliterate business models and
restructure vast parts of the economy.
BMBF, 2002; CMP Cientifica, 2002; luxcapital, 2003.
NANOTECHNOLOGY BUSINESS: Many potential
nanotechnology industry applications and
nanotechnology business opportunities Industrial applications of
are strictly bonded with nanotechnology business.
Current industrial applications of nanotechnologies are mainly related to
the field of materials production.
It's worthwhile to note that in some (and widest) sense nanotechnologies
techniques has been applied for decades in industrial applications such as
semiconductors. Enlarging this point of view chemistry use molecular
reaction for century, that can be considered per se nanotechnology (in some
case sub nanotechnology).
Moreover, because Nanotechnology is in an early stage of development, it is
difficult to forecast its commercial potential with an acceptable level of accuracy.
So far We have highlighted the potential disruptive strenght
of nanotechnolgy but, at present, the influence of nanotechnologies
on industry can be considered as evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
Nanotechnology business current data
Nano Business Alliance, 2001; DG-Bank, 2001
estimeted in EUR 54 billion world market in nanotechnology in 2001:
- nanoparticles and composites (23%);
- ultra-thin layers (44%);
- measuring and analyzing nanostructures (24%);
- ultrapresicion processes of surfaces (6%);
- lateral nanostructures (3%);
Other key data are:
||Current funding for on nanoscience and nanotechnologies
||nanotechnology R&D is about 1 billion euros, two-thirds of which comes from national and regional programmes.
||Funding rose from $400M in 2001 to $800M in 2003 and is expected to rise by a further 20% in 2004.
||The USA's 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (passed in 2003) allocated nearly $3.7 billion to nanotechnology from 2005 to 2008
(which excludes a substantial defence-related expenditure). This compares with $750M in 2003.
||With the launch of its nanotechnology strategy in 2003, the UK Government pledged £45M per year from 2003 to 2009.
Nanotechnology business forecast
- The number of Nanotechnology patents has been growing significantly; many large corporations
(e.g. IBM and Samsung as the top two patentees) are among the most active patentees;
- ultra-thin layers (44%);
- More than 700 companies are involved in Nanotechnology;
Luxcapital report 2003
Estimates of the nanotechnology market - by 2010-2015
USD trillions: 1.1
Source: National Science Foundation
Related potential nanotechnology applications
Nnaotechnology: Chemicals and basic nanostructured materials
Nanotechnology in Electronics and computing
- Ultra-lightweight, high-strength, precision-formed materials;
- Nano-composite polymers for structural and electronic applications;
- Membranes and filters for cost-effective desalinization of water;
- Thermal and optical barriers;
- Ink jet materials;
- High efficiency and novel catalysts;
- Resistant textiles;
Nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine: Pharmaceuticals and medical products
- Miniaturized supercomputers;
- Terabit non-volatile memory;
- Pervasive computing;
- Low voltage and high brightness displays;
- Faster semiconductors and micro-processors;
Nanotechnology: Energy generation
- New and more effective drug compounds
- Nearly perfectly targeted drug delivery
- Diagnostics, sensors, and assays
- DNA sizing and sequencing
- Bio-warfare protection
- Antibacterial dressings and coatings
- Thin film photovoltaics for cost effective solar energy
- Cost competitive fuel cells for automotive applications
- Micro fuel cells for portable power applications
- High capacity, rapid charge batteries
For a global and detailed view we suggest to consult carefully following documents:
Nanoroadmap project documents:
Nanomaterials author Willems & van den Wildenberg - W&W)
Health and Medical Systems author VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Energy author VTT Technology studies
nanovip: list of nanotechnology companies