The American Association of Cancer Research’s recent article, “Nanoparticles Can Damage DNA, Increase Cancer Risk,” provides a good example of how researchers can unintentionally damage the public’s ability to develop a balanced understanding of nanotechnology.
We’ve come a long way since Maxwell Smart, a fictional character in the 1965-1970 NBC/CBS spy spoof series, Get Smart, used a pencil listening device and other assorted gadgets to help him spy on the bad guys.
From Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to Silicon Valley, researchers are manipulating particles at the atomic level, ushering in potential cures for cancer, clothes that don’t stain, and solar panels as thin as a sheet of paper, according to a blog by Josh Rosen, series producer for QUEST on KQED Television (Public Broadcasting for northern California).
Through its merger with Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. (CNI), founded by the late Richard Smalley, who won a Nobel prize for his work in nanotechnology, Unidym has assembled a full intellectual property portfolio and a range of patents covering many aspects of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
Despite the relative health of a semiconductor equipment sector that topped $40 billion in 2006, market maturation and consolidation have driven many companies to seek new outlets for their products and technologies.
Among the companies looking to meet the microelectronics industry’s need for heat dissipation is ALD Nanosolutions (ALDNanoSolutions.com), which uses atomic layer deposition to produce nanometer amorphous coating on a variety of surfaces-including boron nitride (BN) particles.
Even though the conservative semiconductor industry, with its extreme performance and manufacturing demands, has done much of its manufacturing in nanoscale dimensions for years, it hasn’t yet had much use for the unique properties of nanoparticles, fullerenes, nanowires, quantum dots, etc.-the technologies usually considered “true” nanotech.
In this summation of the category-specific state rankings that Small Times has produced over the past several issues, we reveal the ultimate all-category standings of U.S. states that lead the nation in small tech.
A case about a relatively simple gas pedal may have an enduring impact on nanotechnologists’ ability to obtain and defend patents crucial to innovation and commercialization-and serve to drive down the valuations of emerging technology firms.