Nanotechnology and MEMS 2003: The Race to Commercialize

the Ultra-Small

Published: August 2003

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This 2003 report updates readers about the exciting emerging nanotechnology and related microtechnology markets.  This 18-chapter study highlights the opportunities and technologies for this important technology race. Growing government spending around the world is making nanotechnology R&D the NEXT BIG THING! 


The excitement about making ultra-small structures as a result of nanoscience R&D opens a whole world of potential commercial applications.  Experts at the US National Science Foundation have suggested that the value of the worldwide commercial market for nanotechnology-based products might reach $1 trillion or more between 2010 and 2015. The big investors from major world regions are betting that nanotechnology will become a big contributor to the world economy.


Therefore, if the US has 50% of the market in 2003, how big will the world nanotechnology market become? This report estimates that the US nanotechnology R&D market will reach nearly $3.3 billion in 2007. The commercial markets could be a factor of 10X to 100X as big as the R&D market. 


For example, drug delivery is an estimated $50 billion worldwide commercial market that also uses some emerging nanotechnologies. This report discusses how nanotechnology R&D is being used for new drug delivery applications.


While nanoscale devices exist in R&D labs, microscale devices and MEMS sensors or actuators are appearing on the market in some large industrial, automotive or consumer applications. This report estimates that the worldwide commercial MEMS market will reach $31 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, identifies thought leaders and reviews their key intellectual property. This report assesses the market and outlook. It discusses the business activities of the key nanotechnology R&D firms and highlights the future directions of nanotechnology. 


Major corporations such as IBM, Intel, AMD, TSMC, UMC, Toshiba, NEC, GE, Hitachi, Xerox, Philips, Siemens and hundreds of others are making key advances in the field.  Toshiba and Intel have moved to 90 nanometer processes for commercial semiconductor production in 2003 to 2004. 


Readers will learn about key business opportunities and the lessons learned from work in ultra small technologies.  This 118-page report uses more than 29 tables and figures to show the trends of this emerging technology.  This study profiles key nanotechnology R&D firms and how they do business.  This report also looks at the invention of better manipulation instrumentation and materials for use in nanoscience and technology research that has the effect of accelerating progress in other industries.  This study discusses expanding venture capital investment field, who is investing in nanotechnology and why.



Table of Contents


1.   The World of the of Ultra-Small

Defining Nanotechnology

The R&D Landscape

Nanotechnology is Important

Nanotechnology R&D

High-Powered Microscopes & Instruments

Manipulating Atoms

Engineering Templates from Living Things

Top-Down Manufacturing of Small Things

MEMS for Tiny Devices and Liquid Handling

Nanotubes for New Structures

Nano-based Materials

Electricity Conduction


Parts for Industrial or Consumer Products

Tiny Sensors and Controllers

Shrinking Semiconductor Chips

MEMS for Biomedical Applications

Chemical Micro-manipulation

2.   Inventors and Intellectual Property

Leaders in Nanotechnology and MEMS R&D

Identifying the Experts

Thought Leaders

Atom Manipulator Instruments


Needed R&D Infrastructure

Creating Structures

Carbon Nanotubes

Particles and Other Structures


Computer Parts

Molecular Computing


Electronic Switching

Nanoelectronic Biosensors

Medical Diagnostics and BioDefense

3.   The Business of Nanotechnology R&D

Business Model and Patents

The R&D Business Model

Intellectual Property Matters

Generating Revenues from Nanotechnology

Commercial Ideas

Create and Patent R&D Deliverables, Then Out-License

Supply Infrastructure for Government Projects

Supply Product Design and Simulation Services

Near-Term Business Goals

Basic Research

“Grand Challenges”

New Research Centers and Networks

Key Infrastructure

Fostering Workforce Fairness Programs

The NNI Timeline and Early Achievements

4.   Market Estimates and Potential Opportunities, 2002-2007

Estimating the Market for Nanotechnology

Industry Segments

Market Size, 2002~2007

5.   Commercialization Drivers

A Changing Commercial Environment

At the Edge of Silicon Chip Design

Boosting Disk Drive Storage

Very Small Parts for Consumer Electronics

New Devices for Healthcare

Potential Product Areas

All Purpose AOCDs

Smaller Transistors

Smaller Electronics Components

Small Detectors, Sensors and Controllers

New Types of Materials

6.   Developing New Business

Business Development Practices

NNI Creates Opportunities

7.   Nanotechnology Directions

Recent Innovations

Future Trends

R&D Direction Follows Money Allocation

The Important Things First

The Best Bets

Basic Research in University Labs


8.   Nanobiotechnology Enabled Drug Delivery

The Market for Nanotechnology Drug Delivery

Emerging Technology

Commercial Implications

9.   Profiles of Biosensor Companies

Nanogen, Inc.

Quantum Dot Corporation

10.  Profiles of Research Instrument Companies

Asylum Research

nPoint, Inc. (formerly PIEZOMAX Technologies)

Veeco Instruments, Inc.

11.  Profiles of MEMS Companies

MEMGen Corporation


12.  Profiles of Nanoelectronics Companies

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

IBM Research Center

13.  Profiles of Nanofabrication Companies

Arryx, Inc.

NanoInk, Inc.

14.  Profiles of Nanomaterials Companies

Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc.

Nanoprobes, Incorporated

15.  Profiles of Other Nanotech Companies

NanoBio Corporation

NanoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


16.  Conclusions and Comments

Potential Advances and Challenges

Growing Government Budgets for R&D

Foster Better Communications

Need for Common Standards

Need for Multi-disciplinary University Education

New R&D Areas in Nanotechnology

Beginning Era of Experimentation

Combining  Materials With New Properties

Biosensors and Bioactuators

Commercial Opportunities

Lab Infrastructure and Instruments

New Materials

Computer Simulation

Infrastructure and Consulting Services

Concluding Thoughts

17.  Appendix - A Short History

18.  Appendix - Nanotechnology Glossary


14 Tables and 16 Figures

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