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WHAT IS NANOTECHNOLOGY?
Nanotechnology means manipulating and controlling atoms and molecules to create useful materials, devices and systems that have new and different properties from what we normally see in our everyday world. Key concepts: nanoparticles, MEMS, Lab on a Chip, Carbon Nanotubes, Cleanrooms and Bunny Suits.
WHAT ARE ADVANCED MATERIALS?
Nanotechnology and MEMS fall under the broader class of material science called advanced materials, which covers all man-made engineered materials with superior properties.
The birth of nanotechnology. The creation of Alberta’s nanotechology cluster. Analysis of Alberta’s nanotechnology cluster. Nanotechnology in Canada: A conservative forecast is that the global nano-enabled product market will be $1 trillion a year by 2020. It is currently estimated at $8 billion. The race to capture a share of this $1 trillion market by 2020 is on. Canada aims to achieve 10% of the total global market and the United States is expected to secure the largest share at 33%.
RESEARCH & SUPPORT
The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) located in Edmonton Alberta is Canada’s flagship nanotechnology institute. It is one of only six major nanotechnology research facilities of its kind in the world.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
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What is nanotechnology?
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Alberta is Canada’s fastest growing nanotechnology and advanced materials cluster and home to some world-class innovation leaders in this space. As of May 2008, the cluster was 42 companies strong: 31 are active Alberta-based companies (profiles start p.10), 6 have corporate R&D programs in Alberta, and another 5 are not year ready for publicity (not featured). Of the 37 companies profiled in this Cool Companies industry guide, 20 are nano-based (54%), 13 are MEMS-based and 4 have a composite or ceramic technology.