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Nanotechnology in Arkansas, USA: Market Report

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Introduction
Nanotechnology Organizations
Nanotechnology Companies
Nanotechnology Research and Education
Recent Developments

Introduction

Arkansas is located in the southern region of the United States and covers a total area of 137,733 km2. Arkansas, had a reported population of 2,937,979 in 2011. In 2010, the GDP of Arkansas was reported as $105 billion with a per capita personal income of $36,027.

Arkansas has a diversified economy that meets the requirements of the present day consumers. The state's chief industrial outputs include paper products, food processing, machinery, fabricated metal products and electric equipment. Their main exports include machinery, aircraft/spacecraft, meat and electrical machinery. The key agricultural outputs include soybeans, poultry and eggs, milk, rice, sorghum, hogs, cotton and cattle.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) provides discretionary funding to businesses that qualify as "targeted businesses". To qualify, businesses must operate in identified emerging technology areas such as:

  • Advanced materials and manufacturing with emphasis on nanotechnology, electronics or photonics
  • Biotechnology with emphasis on sensor technology
  • Bio-based products with emphasis on adhesives or polymers

Many of these may involve nanotechnology, making Arkansas a potentially good location to locate and or establish.

The AEDC also have a Research and Development incentive program to promote research and development programs in universities, in-house and for start-up technology based enterprises, potentially providing morel reasons to locate in Arkansas.

In addition, Arkansas aims to lead the US in attracting clean technology and renewable energy industries as well as reducing consumer energy dependence on current carbon-generating technologies. To aid in achieving this goal, they have established the "Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming".

Nanotechnology Organizations

A brief introduction to the key nanotechnology-related organization in Arkansas is given below:

Global Institute of Nanotechnology: A non-profit organization that conducts research activities and provides education related to the use of nanotechnology in the following areas:

  • Information technology
  • Renewable and green energy driven systems
  • Health-care and health diagnostics

This institute is also involved in developing a cyber-physical system that combines health diagnostic sensors with wireless systems and cloud computing infrastructure in order to gather, store and study data related to an individuals health. The institute also focuses on the development of nanobiosensors that can be in the medical field for diagnosing and treating aging-associated degenerative diseases.

Nanotechnology Companies

The major nanotechnology-related companies in Arkansas are listed below along with a brief introduction to each of them:

Ocean NanoTech: Ocean NanoTech was founded in 2004. Their mission is to deliver the best nanocrystals with the best qualities to meet customer needs. To date, Ocean NanoTech has expanded its line of products to include nanocrystals to suit various applications. The product line now includes core quantum dots, core shell quantum dots in organic solvents, nanocrystals for LEDs and solar cells, water soluble biocompatible nanocrystals, reaction buffers for conjugating nanocrystals to biomolecules, conjugation kits, and services to meet customer needs.

Ocean NanoTech is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of dispersible nanomaterials. They specialize in the synthesis of dispersible nanocrystals with precise particle size and narrow size distribution. Additionally, they also provide customers with materials processing solutions and customized services to meet the needs of the various applications of nanomaterials. They explore new ways to produce better materials and better processes to achieve higher manufacturing capabilities. Their R&D is focused on the various applications of quantum dots, magnetic nanocrystals and metal nanocrystals for biomedical, energy, and optoelectronic applications

NanoMech: NanoMech was founded in 2002 and today the company has given to the world breakthrough nano innovations in machining and manufacturing, lubrication and energy, packaging for fresh produce supply chain, biomedical implant coatings and strategic military applications.

NanoMech invests in world class people, ideas and tools to increase competitiveness in the global market. They bring ideas from innovation to implementation, introducing nanomanufactured products to market. The vision of NanoMech is to be the world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation and product development with an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NN-Labs: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication Laboratories (NN-Labs) is an industry-leader in the production, processing and applications of colloidal nanocrystals. NN-Labs offers six standardized nanocrystal product lines including semiconductor nanocrystals, iron oxide magnetic nanocrystals and noble metal nanocrystals.

NN-Labs offers a full line of high quality cadmium-based core and core-shell products made using our patented green synthesis methods. In addition, NN-Labs also offers a line of high quality non-cadmium (Indium Phosphide-based) core-shell quantum dots. All of their quantum dots demonstrate excellent size distribution, emission, brightness and purity. NN-Labs has also developed technology that allows us to produce high quality doped quantum dots (d-dotsTM) that are cadmium-free, have tunable emission with high quantum yields, excellent stability to temperature and UV, and eliminate the self-quenching problems of intrinsic quantum dots.

NN-Labs also offers high magnetic strength iron oxide and high quality noble metal nanocrystals. In specific (high value/high volume) cases, NN-Labs will develop custom nanocrystal materials solutions for customers.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

Some of the leading academic institutes in Arkansas offering courses and research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology are listed below:

University of Arkansas: Promotes research and study of nanotechnology through the following research centers:

  • Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering - Focuses on research in nanotechnology and nanoscience and comprises a wide range of nanoscale facilities that include:
    • Electrical and magnetic characterization
    • Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
    • X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy (XPS)
    • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
    • Auger spectroscopy
    • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
    • Focus ion beam (FIB)
    • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
    • Raman spectroscopy
    • Single molecule/particle spectroscopy
    • X-ray
  • Department of Electrical Engineering: Conducts research in NanoTechnology & Micro Electro Mechanical devices (MEMs) and offers a number of graduate and undergraduate courses for NanoTechnology & MEMs.
  • Materials and Manufacturing Research Laboratories: Provides research facilities for MS and Ph.D. students and their key area of research in nanotechnology include Nano-Materials Science & Nano-Manufacturing.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Promotes research and study of nanotechnology through the following research center.

  • Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences - Offers educational programs on nanotechnology to middle school, high school and graduate and undergraduate students. These nanotech programs comprise experiment demonstrations, lectures, facility visits, research and joint collaborations.

Recent Developments

NanoMech, a Springdale nanotechnology company and Cameron, a Houston-based global provider of products to the gas and oil industry along with a team of engineers developed a lubricant called TriboTruff earlier this year. This new lubricant can be used for components used in gas and oil operations and is expected to reduce friction to zero and increase the service life of products using TriboTruff. According to experts, TriboTruff will limit the usage of natural resources that is likely to perish by 2050.

NanoMech recently plan to build a new facility adjacent to its already existing facility and has hence decided to raise about $5 million for this new facility that will be the production house of TriboTruff and nGlide. TriboTruff and nGlide are additive lubricants that will help reduce friction, improve performance and increase the service life of products working on these lubricants. In the process their staff levels could swell from 25 to 100 in 2013.

NanoMech have also received the "Top Emerging Nano Innovator Award" for the second year in a row. This comes on the back of winning a competitive DoE SBIR grant to help commercialize their advanced bio-inspired nGlide nanolubricants.

If the success of NanoMech is an indicator of what can happen in Arkansas, it seems logical that research into the use of nanotechnology in energy efficient technologies could be a hot topic in that state in the future using incentives available from the AEDC.

Bibliography

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121120005239/en/NanoMech-Wins-Highly-Competitive-Department-Energy-Grant

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130215005142/en/NanoMech-Recognized-Top-Emerging-Nanotech-Innovator-Year

 

Nanotechnology Organizations

A brief introduction to the key nanotechnology-related organization in Arkansas is given below:

Global Institute of Nanotechnology: A non-profit organization that conducts research activities and provides education related to the use of nanotechnology in the following areas:

  • Information technology
  • Renewable and green energy driven systems
  • Health-care and health diagnostics

This institute is also involved in developing a cyber-physical system that combines health diagnostic sensors with wireless systems and cloud computing infrastructure in order to gather, store and study data related to an individuals health. The institute also focuses on the development of nanobiosensors that can be in the medical field for diagnosing and treating aging-associated degenerative diseases.

Nanotechnology Companies

The major nanotechnology-related companies in Arkansas are listed below along with a brief introduction to each of them:

Ocean NanoTech: Ocean NanoTech was founded in 2004. Their mission is to deliver the best nanocrystals with the best qualities to meet customer needs. To date, Ocean NanoTech has expanded its line of products to include nanocrystals to suit various applications. The product line now includes core quantum dots, core shell quantum dots in organic solvents, nanocrystals for LEDs and solar cells, water soluble biocompatible nanocrystals, reaction buffers for conjugating nanocrystals to biomolecules, conjugation kits, and services to meet customer needs.

Ocean NanoTech is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of dispersible nanomaterials. They specialize in the synthesis of dispersible nanocrystals with precise particle size and narrow size distribution. Additionally, they also provide customers with materials processing solutions and customized services to meet the needs of the various applications of nanomaterials. They explore new ways to produce better materials and better processes to achieve higher manufacturing capabilities. Their R&D is focused on the various applications of quantum dots, magnetic nanocrystals and metal nanocrystals for biomedical, energy, and optoelectronic applications

NanoMech: NanoMech was founded in 2002 and today the company has given to the world breakthrough nano innovations in machining and manufacturing, lubrication and energy, packaging for fresh produce supply chain, biomedical implant coatings and strategic military applications.

NanoMech invests in world class people, ideas and tools to increase competitiveness in the global market. They bring ideas from innovation to implementation, introducing nanomanufactured products to market. The vision of NanoMech is to be the world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation and product development with an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NN-Labs: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication Laboratories (NN-Labs) is an industry-leader in the production, processing and applications of colloidal nanocrystals. NN-Labs offers six standardized nanocrystal product lines including semiconductor nanocrystals, iron oxide magnetic nanocrystals and noble metal nanocrystals.

NN-Labs offers a full line of high quality cadmium-based core and core-shell products made using our patented green synthesis methods. In addition, NN-Labs also offers a line of high quality non-cadmium (Indium Phosphide-based) core-shell quantum dots. All of their quantum dots demonstrate excellent size distribution, emission, brightness and purity. NN-Labs has also developed technology that allows us to produce high quality doped quantum dots (d-dotsTM) that are cadmium-free, have tunable emission with high quantum yields, excellent stability to temperature and UV, and eliminate the self-quenching problems of intrinsic quantum dots.

NN-Labs also offers high magnetic strength iron oxide and high quality noble metal nanocrystals. In specific (high value/high volume) cases, NN-Labs will develop custom nanocrystal materials solutions for customers.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

Some of the leading academic institutes in Arkansas offering courses and research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology are listed below:

University of Arkansas: Promotes research and study of nanotechnology through the following research centers:

  • Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering - Focuses on research in nanotechnology and nanoscience and comprises a wide range of nanoscale facilities that include:
    • Electrical and magnetic characterization
    • Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
    • X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy (XPS)
    • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
    • Auger spectroscopy
    • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
    • Focus ion beam (FIB)
    • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
    • Raman spectroscopy
    • Single molecule/particle spectroscopy
    • X-ray
  • Department of Electrical Engineering: Conducts research in NanoTechnology & Micro Electro Mechanical devices (MEMs) and offers a number of graduate and undergraduate courses for NanoTechnology & MEMs.
  • Materials and Manufacturing Research Laboratories: Provides research facilities for MS and Ph.D. students and their key area of research in nanotechnology include Nano-Materials Science & Nano-Manufacturing.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Promotes research and study of nanotechnology through the following research center.

  • Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences - Offers educational programs on nanotechnology to middle school, high school and graduate and undergraduate students. These nanotech programs comprise experiment demonstrations, lectures, facility visits, research and joint collaborations.

Recent Developments

NanoMech, a Springdale nanotechnology company and Cameron, a Houston-based global provider of products to the gas and oil industry along with a team of engineers developed a lubricant called TriboTruff earlier this year. This new lubricant can be used for components used in gas and oil operations and is expected to reduce friction to zero and increase the service life of products using TriboTruff. According to experts, TriboTruff will limit the usage of natural resources that is likely to perish by 2050.

NanoMech recently plan to build a new facility adjacent to its already existing facility and has hence decided to raise about $5 million for this new facility that will be the production house of TriboTruff and nGlide. TriboTruff and nGlide are additive lubricants that will help reduce friction, improve performance and increase the service life of products working on these lubricants. In the process their staff levels could swell from 25 to 100 in 2013.

NanoMech have also received the "Top Emerging Nano Innovator Award" for the second year in a row. This comes on the back of winning a competitive DoE SBIR grant to help commercialize their advanced bio-inspired nGlide nanolubricants.

If the success of NanoMech is an indicator of what can happen in Arkansas, it seems logical that research into the use of nanotechnology in energy efficient technologies could be a hot topic in that state in the future using incentives available from the AEDC.

References

 

Date Added: Mar 7, 2013 | Updated: Mar 15, 2013
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