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Putting Nanotechnology on the Map
Date:8/18/2009

y, government laboratory, or organization working in the field of nanotechnology.
  • The top 6 Nano Metros (each with 30 or more entries) are: Boston; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; Raleigh; Middlesex-Essex, Mass.; and Oakland, Calif. Boston and San Francisco have taken the lead from San Jose. Raleigh has moved into the top 5 Nano Metros (displacing Oakland).
  • The top 3 sectors for companies working in nanotechnology (each with over 200 entries) are: materials; tools and instruments; and medicine and health.
  • The number of universities and government laboratories working in nanotechnology is still substantial, as it was in 2007, with 182 identified.
  • "The rapid growth in nanotechnology activity across the United States illustrates the impact of continued and significant investments in nanoscience and nanoengineering by the federal government and private sector," said PEN Director David Rejeski. "There is now not a single state without organizations involved in this cutting-edge field."

    The global market for goods based on nanotechnology is predicted to grow from $147 billion in 2007 to $3.1 trillion in 2015, according to the research and advisory firm Lux Research. "Given this expected continuation in growth, the 'Nano Metro' map remains a work in progress and will be further updated as more data becomes available," according to Rejeski.

    About Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate and manufacture things usually between 1 and 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide.

    The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was launched in 2005 by the Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts. It is a partnership dedicated to helping business, governments, and the
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    SOURCE The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
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