Nanotechnology is fundamentally a materials science that has the
- Research and development at molecular or atomic levels, with lengths
ranging between about 1 to 100 nanometers.
- Creation and use of systems, devices, and structures that have
special functions or properties because of their small size.
- Ability to control or manipulate matter on a molecular or atomic
Nanotechnology — also known as Nanotech —
impacts all high-tech fields and disciplines, and research
activities in this leading edge science can be classified as follows:
- Nanomaterials - physical substances with structural dimensions
between 1 and 100 nm.
- Nanotools - devices that manipulate matter at the atomic or nano
- Nanodevices - systems with nanostructured components that perform
some assigned function other than manipulating nano or atomic scale
Now that you know what nanotechnology is, how can investing in this small
technology reap big rewards? Just like investing in anything else,
there are pitfalls when it comes to investing in nanotechnology. But
there is also great potential in this fascinating technology.
Rotating, Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube
How do you determine whether investing in a certain nanotechnology company
will fall in the category of "pitfall" or "potential"? Well, the
success of a company depends on three primary factors, and investors who
pay attention to these fundamentals should have no problem separating good
potential from bad. First of all, ask yourself whether the company
you are considering has the ability to produce the technology.
Second, is there a real need for the technology? And third, is
anyone else using — or in the process of developing — a better
manufacturing method? This doesn't mean that investors should only
choose companies that are risk-free. In fact, investors who take
calculated, well-thought out risks often fare better in the end than those
investors who don't.
Many innovations in nanotechnology simply sound too "weird" for investors
to consider: Technology for developing a cell phone so small that an
insect or tiny implanted device could use it, for example, or molecular-
sized "bombs" that can kill individual cancer cells. While strong
markets for such products don't exist now, they certainly might exist in
When all is said and done, investing in nanotechnology is just like
investing in anything else. While nanotechnology can give some
companies a real advantage, too many organizations are using the term
loosely in order to woo investors. It's up to the individual
investor to apply due diligence to determine whether the opportunity is
worth investing in. The best investors, when all is said and done,
investigate potential companies from a standard business perspective.
Private industry, academia, and government laboratories are working
together to advance research in nanotechnology because its potential
applications are many and varied. Several years ago, Business Week (now Bloomberg)
featured an informative article, entitled
How to Invest in Nanotech, and this website provides information
about diverse nanotechnology investment opportunities.
More recently, however, Time Magazine published an insightful article
about the Nanotech Mania Fading Away.
- Sevin Rosen Funds
Venture capital firm with a successful track record of funding early-stage ventures.
- NanoBusiness Alliance
Industry association founded to advance the emerging business of nanotechnology and microsystems.
- The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Strives to develop the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Advanced materials and nanotechnology research center.
- Phantoms Foundation
Interdisciplinary nanobusiness and nanoelectronics research network.
- Fish & Richardson P.C. > Industries > Nanotechnology
Provides a full range of legal services to clients workings in nanotechnology.
- Foresight Institute
Leading nanotechnology forum, focusing on the coming ability to build materials and products with atomic precision.
- Project on Emerging Technologies
Dedicated to helping ensure that as nanotechnologies advance, possible risks are minimized, public and consumer engagement
remains strong, and the potential benefits of these new technologies are realized. The project was established in April 2005 as a
partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
- The Investor's Guide to Nanotechnology and Micromachines
Glenn Fishbine's guide to the burgeoning field of nanotechnology.
- Nanotechnology Word Cloud
Nanotechnology information resources, news headlines, and bibliography.
Related Nanotechnology Site
- Course set to overcome mismatch between lab-designed nanomaterials and nature's complexity
Advances in nanotechnology have made it possible to control the size, shape, composition, elasticity and chemical properties of laboratory-made nanomaterials. Yet many of these materials do not to function as expected in the body. ...
Science Daily. Monday, 16 Apr 2018.
- Nanotechnology Innovations in Antimicrobials, Coatings, Sensors, Lightweighting, and Data Storage - Research and Markets
DUBLIN - The "Nanotechnology Innovations in Antimicrobials, Coatings, Sensors, Lightweighting, and Data Storage" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. ... ...
Business Wire. Monday, 31 Jul 2017.
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