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From the late 90s to 2004 just the word nanotech was a funding umbrella. Today, the situation has regulated itself. E.g. cleantech plays a major role in the nanotechnology sector now.

 

Nevertheless, many companies don't want to be pushed in the 'nanotech corner' since the word 'nano' carries rather negative connotations because of the public discussion about toxicity. There is no official definition of nano until now, and that doesn't make things easier. 

 

If you retrospectively look at the technology market over the last 10 years in Europe, US and Asia, it is still too bad that Europe - compared to Asia and the US - has so few nano-/microtech companies that are Global Players and also public companies. Europe has extraordinarily many patents. However, a more product-oriented R&D is still missing.

 

In contrast to the US, reasons are certainly the still rather weakly developed financing options and the lacking risk tolerance of most investors to invest in projects that take at least 10 years to eventually enter the market. However, there are rays of hope: In this edition we introduce a company called QuantaRed Technologies. The Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA got into business with the Austrian high-tech company.

 

QuantaRed Technologies is a high-tech spin-off company from the Vienna University of Technology. The QuantaRed Technologies team started their R&D activities with Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology for 12 years in 1999 (!). It was the first company world-wide to discover the technological advantages in the measurement of liquids and the industrial potential of this technology. 

 

Another success story is the German Magforce Nanotechnologies (MF6.FSE) that thanks to their long-term thinking investors successfully push their product commercialization. Founder of the German company was Dr Andreas Jordan. He was responsible for about 15 international patent families, and developed the so called NanoTherm® therapy, a new approach for the local treatment of solid tumours. But most importantly for the success, he appointed a CEO for the operational business. Andreas Jordan kept his CSO position, the new CEO concentrated on the market entry.

 

It doesn't matter at all whether it is nano or micro or cleantech. If there is a market for a new development, if the funding and management work, then the company will continue to be successful and will be able to grow.

 

 

If we can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

 

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QuantaRed Technologies [08-09]

Monitoring the Wastewater Discharge of Oil Depots 

 

The Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA got into business with the Austrian high-tech company QuantaRed Technologies: The oil and gas giant has opted for a first quantum cascade laser for water quality analysis after a long and intensive evaluation phase. 

 

The innovative measuring method was convincing because of its preciseness, speed, and cost-efficiency. 

 

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Companies - BASF [10-13]


X-Seed(R) Crystals from BASF make Concrete Harden Faster and Reduce Carbon Emissions

 

With X-Seed(R), BASF has succeeded in introducing an important innovation. Because this hardening accelerator not only allows precast concrete units to be produced more rapidly and in better quality, it also considerably reduces energy consumption and the associated emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).

 

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Angstron Materials [14]
 
Angstron Materials Inc., announced the world's  first commercial graphene application. The ongoing development of touch screens for consumer electronics is driving a growing need for sense data. Angstron's graphene material is being used by a major manufacturer which produces actuator and sensing components for this market. 

The world's largest producer of nano graphene platelets (NGPs), Angstron's single layer graphene has exhibited the highest electrical properties including exceptional in-plane electrical conductivity (up to ~20,000 S/cm) when compared to other nanomaterials including carbon nano-tubes (CNTs) and carbon nano-fibers (CNFs). 



Companies -  [16]

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3M/GoNano Technologies

 

Acusphere

ALPS ELECTRIC

Altair Nanotechnologies

AMRI

Antisense Pharma
Berkeley Design Automation Inc.

Bio-Gate

Biotage/PeptLab

Bruker  

Cabot Corp.

Cambridge NanoTech
CopyTele/AU Optronics Corp. 

CVD Equipment Corporation

 

Dyesol/Tata Steel  

EcoloCap Solutions

Elionix Inc. 

ENVISION ALR 

 

Fluidigm Corporation

Forth Dimension Displays (FDD) / Kopin

FRX Polymers, Inc. (FRX)

FUJIFILM / SEMATECH 

 

GEO Specialty Chemicals/BASF 

 

Harris & Harris 

Heidelberg Instruments  

 

imec

Infineon

Innovalight, Inc.  

 

Lantiq

Luna Innovations 

 

MagForce Nanotechnologies 

Mechatronic systemtechnik  

Merck Germany

Molecular Imprints 

 

NanoFocus

NanoInk 

Nanometrics

Nanosphere 

Nanostart

Nanosys 

National Instruments/AWR Corporation (AWR) 

National Semiconductor Corp.

NeoPhotonics Corporation 

 

Oerlikon Solar

 

Plasma-Therm

Plug Power

pSivida Corp./Alimera

PVA TePla 

 

QinetiQ Group

 

Roche Applied Science 

Rolith

Rusnano/ItN Nanovation

 

Samsung Electronics Co. 

Solazyme

Starpharma Holdings 

 

Thermo Fisher Scientific

 

Veeco Instruments Inc. 

Vistec Lithography, Inc.

Violin Memory  

Ynvisible 

 

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Companies - TDK [39]

 

TDK Corporation has started mass production of a newly developed see-through passive matrix type QVGA organic EL display (product name: UEL476) from this Spring. 

 

All organic EL displays from TDK employ the passive matrix principle. The newly developed see-through type is mainly intended for use as the main display panel in mobile phones and other mobile devices. The see-through type organic EL display for mobile applications has a field angle of 2.4 inches, transmittance of 40%, and brightness of 150 cd/m2.  

 

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German Fraunhofer Researcher Achieved a World Record for Inverters with HERIC(R) Topology [46]

A switching trick makes it possible to cut the losses of a series-production inverter in half and increase the efficiency from 96 to 98%. The HERIC®-topology makes it possible to achieve a world-record efficiency of more than 99%.

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Polarization-modulated Conduction andNovel Resistive Memory in Epitaxial BFO Thin Films [52]

 

Recently, Dr. WANG Can and his colleagues in Prof. JIN Kuijuan's group, in Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have grown epitaxial BFO thin films successfully by using laser molecular beam epitaxy. 

 

Polarization-modulated conduction behaviors, including switchable diode effect and ferroelectric resistive switching, have been observed in the BFO thin films. These novel properties are attributed to the polarization-induced variations of Shottky barriers. 

 

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Heartbeat of Nanoparticles Made Visible [54]

Assistant professor Markus Lippitz from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, together with his Ph.D. student Thorsten Schumacher achieved a breakthrough in the study of tiny gold nanoparticles
They used a nano-antenna, which has already been applied successfully as a nanosensor by Prof. Harald Giessen from the 4 . Physics Institute of the University of Stuttgart, Germany.




 



A New Method to Recover NH4Cl in the Production of MgO [55]

Magnesium chloride is usually generated as byproduct or waste of the potassium fertilizer industry. The valuable magnesium resources cannot be utilized effectively and is discarded back into the sea or saline lakes, causing a serious environmental problem.

Therefore, extraction and application of magnesium resources existing in saline brine is growing interesting from an ecological, economic and technological point of view. An attractive way to beneficiate magnesium chloride brine is to prepare high quality MgO. However, the tough problem is how to regenerate or recover the valuable byproducts of NH4Cl.






Low-Cost Mass Production of Monodispersed Micro/Nanoparticles [58]


Researchers at the Division of Functional Materials and Nanodevices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering (NIMTE), China, have deloped a simple and viable route to produce various oxide micro/nano particles in kilogram quantities with low cost, simple and controllable process.


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Solution for the Production of Long-range Infrared Microsensor [64]


Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg, Germany, are now offering a solution for the production of long-range infrared microsensors. On June 22, they will be opening a new facility in which the production of such micro-system technology (MST) is possible. MST involves minute sensors, valves or other mechanical components that are integrated into semiconductor chips. For instance, in airbags they serve as motion sensors, and they are no thicker than a human hair. 

If MST is to be applied on semiconductors and integrated, one has to master the art of etching - which is where the researchers at IMS come in.


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Researchers Discover a Rare Physical Phenomenon at Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields [74] 
Scientists from the Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR), and the TU Dresden, both Germany, were able to verify with an intermetallic compound of bismuth and nickel that certain materials actually exhibit the two contrary properties of superconductivity and ferromagnetism at the same time
 
A phenomenon that had only been demonstrated around the globe on a small number of materials and which might provide highly interesting technological opportunities in future.

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New Method to Make Sodium Ion-based Battery Cells Could Lead to Better, Cheaper Batteries [76]

A team of scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and visiting researchers from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China used nanomaterials to make electrodes that can work with sodium.

The researchers have developed a method that improves the electrical capacity and recharging lifetime of sodium ion rechargeable batteries, which could be a cheaper alternative for large-scale uses such as storing energy on the electrical grid.



 


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Comment by Professor Robert Pope on June 19, 2011 at 11:06am
 Re:Nevertheless, many companies don't want to be pushed in the 'nanotech corner' since the word 'nano' carries rather negative connotations because of the public discussion about toxicity. The Science-Art Research Centre is addressing this problem with a relevant new forthcoming Diamond Expert Author Essay.

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