Nanotechnology and MEMS: Commercializing Ultra-Small

Objects - Market, Opportunities and Technologies

Published: May 2002

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This report discusses the nanotechnology and MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) market and points out the opportunities and technologies.  Is nanotechnology the next big thing?  The vision for making smaller and smaller things as a result of the R&D in MEMS and nanoscience opens a whole world of application possibilities.   While no commercial nanoscale devices exist yet, MEMS sensors and actuators are appearing on the market in a few industrial or automotive applications. The report estimates that the nanotechnology R&D market will reach nearly $933 million in 2005 or will it? By contrast, the worldwide MEMS market will reach $23 billion. 


This report is a “must-have” for anyone interested in the business and investment opportunities in nanotechnology and MEMS.  This technology report provides an overview of current nanotechnology and MEMS R&D.  This study discusses the commercialization drivers for nanotechnology as well as the thought leaders are and their patents. This report assesses the market and outlook for nanotechnology R&D and MEMS.  The study covers the business activities of the key nanotechnology R&D firms and highlights the future directions in nanotechnology. 


Readers will learn about key business opportunities and the lessons learned from the nanotechnology and MEMS experts.  This 129-page report uses more than 25 tables and figures to show the trends of this emerging science.  Key nanotechnology R&D firms are profiled and examined to reveal how they do business.  This report also looks at the invention of better instrumentation and materials for use in nanoscience and technology research that has the effect of accelerating progress.  Further, this report discusses who is investing in nanotechnology and why.




Table of Contents


1.The Universe of Ultra-Small Objects

   Nanotechnology Defined

     Nanotechnology Milestones

     Research Landscape of Nanotechnology

     Importance of Nanotechnology to the US

   Nanotechnology Advancements

     Electron Microscope to Scanning Probe Microscopes

     Manipulator Tools Move Atoms

     Biological Machines As Engineering Models

     The Limits of Photolithography for Small Things

     Microtechnology for Machines and Liquid Handling

     Structural Objects From Carbon and Other Atoms

     Nanosized Building Blocks

     Objects that Conduct Electricity

   R&D Advancements in MEMS and Nanoscience

     Ultra-small Parts for Industrial/ Consumer Products

     MEMS Sensors and Controllers

     Smaller Semiconductor Chips

     Life Sciences

     Chemical Micro-manipulation

2.Experts and Patents

   R&D Leaders in MEMS and Nanotechnology

     How We Identified the Experts

     The Top Thought Leaders

   Tools to Move Atoms

     AFM to SPM

     Needed R&D Infrastructure


     Carbon Nanotubes

     Particles and Other Structures


     Computer Parts

     Molecular Computing


     Telecom Switches Use Optical MEMS

     Nanoelectronic Biosensors

     Detecting Bioterror Threats to Medical Diagnostics

3.Market Estimates and Potential Opportunity

   Gauging the Market for Nanotechnology

   Industry Segments

   Market Size, 2000~2005

4.The Business of R&D

   R&D Business Model and Patent Matters

     R&D Business Model

     Intellectual Property Matters

   Monetizing Nanotechnology

     Commercial Ideas for Nanotechnology

     Making R&D Content and Out-License the Patent

     Provide Infrastructure for Government Projects

     Provide Product Design and Simulation Services

   Goals for the Next Few Years

     Basic Research

     Government's "Grand Challenges"

     Core Research Centers and Networks

     Building Infrastructure

     Fostering Workforce Fairness Programs

     The NNI Timeline to First Achievements

5.Commercialization Drivers

   A Changing Commercial Environment

     Nearing Physical Limits of Silicon Chip Design

     Boosting Disk Drive Storage for Computers

     Micro-Sized Parts Consumer Electronics

     Tiny Devices for New Healthcare Innovations

   Likely Product Concepts

     All Purpose AOCDs

     Making Transistors Smaller

     Telecom Switch Components

     Small Detectors, Sensors and Controllers

     New Types of Materials

6.Developing Business Opportunities

     Creating Business Development Practices

     Impacts from NNI

         Making Building Blocks and Making Structures

         Semiconductor Advancements and Computer


         Emerging Nanobiotechnology

         Nanostructured Materials for Aerospace

         Environment and Energy

         Agriculture Benefits from NanoBiology

         Defense Agency

         Other Government Agency Missions

         Interdisciplinary Education

         NNI and National Competitiveness

7.Nanotechnology Directions

   Review of Past Innovations

   Seeking Future Trends

     Money Allocation Defines Direction

     The Important Things First

     The Best Bets

     Bulk of Basic R&D Work in University Labs

     Molecular Nanotechnology Vision

     Emerging Nanobiotechnology

8.Milestones and Business Opportunities

   Potential Advances and Challenges for Nanotechnology

     Increasing Government Budgets for Nanotechnology

     Foster Better Communications Among Scientists

     Needs Common Standards

     Need for Multi-disciplinary University Education

   New R&D Areas in Nanotechnology

     Beginning Era of Experimentation

     Combination of Materials With New Properties

     Biosensors and Bioactuators

   Nanotechnology Commercial Opportunities

     Equipment and Lab Infrastructure

     R&D Materials

     Computer Simulation

     Infrastructure and Consulting Services

   A Few More Thoughts

9.Profiles of Selected Nanotechnology Companies

     Altair Technologies, Inc.

     Arryx, Inc.

     Asylum Research

     Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc.

     Digital Instruments/Veeco Metrology Group

     Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

     IBM Research Center

     MEMGen Corporation

     Nanogen, Inc.

     Nanogram Corporation

     Nanoprobes, Incorporated

     NanoSource Technologies, Inc.

     PIEZOMAX Technologies, Inc.

     Quantum Dot Corporation


10.Appendix - Glossary


27 Tables and Figures



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