Nanotechnology in Alaska, USA: Market Report

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Introduction
Nanotechnology Companies
Nanotechnology Research and Education
Recent Developments

Introduction

Alaska is a state in the United States of America that is located in the northwest corner of the North American continent.  It covers a total area of 1,717,854 km2, and has a population of 731,449 as of 2012.

In 2011, Alaska had a reported GDP of $51.37 billion. The oil and gas industry is the largest contributor to the local economy accounting for around 85% of their budget.

Nanotechnology Companies

Nanotechnology being a versatile field finds applications in a myriad of industries. There is at the moment only one nanotechnology company in Alaska. A brief introduction about this company is provided below:

Nanotech Energy Solutions Inc. – Nanotech Energy Solutions is the official distributor of Nansulate®, the award wining energy-saving and asset protection coatings for Alaska's commercial and industrial needs. Nansulate HH "High heat" and the new EPX offer solutions designed to reduce energy cost by 20% or more, they simultaneously serve as a corrosion protection coating and eliminate corrosion under insulation "CUI" , limit work related injuries, and offer fire protection caused by exposed equipment and pipes in commercial and industrial environments.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

Academic institutes offering courses and research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology in Alaska are listed below:

Advanced Materials Group (AMG) – AMG is an initiative of the University of Alaska. AMG is Alaska’s largest research center dealing with Nanotechnology and Microelectronics. They are involved in addressing challenges through innovations in novel materials, processes and device configurations.

Recent Developments

Aside from hosting a Nano Days event at the Challenger Center of Alaska on April 5, 2013, there has not been much reported nanotech activity in the state of Alaska since 2011. At that time AMG secured s limited amount of funding to promote nanotechnology research to undergraduate students. Thus, they are not predicted to play a big role in nano development in the future.

References

  1. United States Census Bureau - Alaska Quick Facts
  2. Widespread Economic Growth Across States in 2011 (PDF)
  3. Alaska Economy
  4. Tiny Tech, Big Application

 

Date Added: Apr 23, 2013 | Updated: Apr 29, 2013
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