Nanotechnology in Vermont, USA: Market Report

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Introduction
Nanotechnology Companies
Nanotechnology Research and Education
Recent Developments

Introduction

Vermont is a state located in the New England region of the United States of America.  It covers a total area of 24,923 km2, and has a population of 626,011 as of 2012.

The state’s GDP in 2011 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report was $25.9 billion. Some of the main (non-government) contributors to the economy of Vermont are manufacturing and healthcare. The local economy is diverse, full of innovation and serviced by a world-class workforce. They are a leading producer of composite materials and creator of green jobs.

Vermont is committed to promoting the entrepreneurial spirit. Many smaller biotech, bioscience, environmental engineering and high-tech companies are attracted to Vermont by their vibrant venture capital network and available funding for startups. In fact Vermont ranked 8th in entrepreneurial-ism in 2011.

Nanotechnology Companies

Provided below is a brief description of the main nanotechnology company in Vermont:

CheapTubes.ComCheapTubes.com is "The source for high quality, low cost carbon nanotubes."  If you need single-walled carbon nanotubes, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, industrial grade carbon nanotubes, short carbon nanotubes, highly conductive graphitized carbon nanotubes, or OH / COOH functionalized carbon nanotubes, they have the products you need at the prices you want to pay.

Seldon Technologies - Seldon Technologies’ mission is to fully explore, develop, perfect and apply the amazing material properties of the carbon nanotube: large surface area, great strength, light weight, high electrical conductivity, and rapid heat transport.

Seldon solve customer (end-user) problems in fluid filtration, purification, and separation using Nanomesh™, breakthrough and patented carbon nanotube (CNT) composite technology. Nanomesh turns unhealthy water into purified, great-tasting drinking water. They have designed a product line using this technology that combines ease of use with dependability and safety.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

The academic institution offering courses and research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology in Vermont is listed below:

University of Vermont - The University has over 500 teaching and research laboratories. Research opportunities in the field of nanotechnology are also provided. To make their labs safe while using hazardous materials such as nano materials, the Environmental Safety office partners with UVM's laboratory workers to promote safe and healthy use of these materials. They do this by providing safety training, chemical waste disposal, emergency response, and laboratory oversight services.

Recent Developments

A researcher from the University of Vermont has recently reported on the properties of ultrathin gold nanowires. These materials possess failure strengths of 3.12GPa, very close to the ideal limit predicted theoretically and 50 times that of bulk gold used in similar applications. This discovery is important to applications such as medicine, electronics and nanowires used in foldable touchscreens and solar cells.

However, despite recent developments in Vermont, nanotechnology-related activity appears quite low and it is not anticipated that this state will be a significant player in the field.

References

  1. United States Census Bureau - Vermont Quick Facts
  2. Widespread Economic Growth Across States in 2011 (PDF)
  3. Vermont - GDP
  4. Why Vermont
  5. 10 Most Entrepreneurial States
  6. UVM/PITT Research Featured in Nature Communications

 

Date Added: May 13, 2013 | Updated: Jun 14, 2013
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