Nanotechnology in Maine, USA: Market Report

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Introduction
Nanotechnology Organizations
Nanotechnology Research and Education
Recent Developments

Introduction

Maine is a state in the New England region of the United States of America. It covers a total area of 91,646 km2, and has a population of 1,329,192 as of 2012.

The state’s gross state product in 2012 was $51.6 billion. Maine's economy is largely agricultural-based producing such things as eggs, blueberries, and maple syrup. Their main industrial products stem from their forestry industry and consist of lumber, wood products and paper. Other significant contributors to the Maine economy include electronic equipment, leather products, and naval shipbuilding and construction.

Maine has recognised that the global economy is changing and the future does not lie in attracting investment in factories and competing for low cost manufacturing. Rather, since 2010 they have committed to investing in innovation through research and development and technology to drive job growth and economic development to try and create an economy with "sustainable prosperity".

Nanotechnology Organizations

Maine has an organisation promoting and exploring nanoscience. A brief introduction to it is given below:

Maine RoboticsMaine Robotics is a non-profit organization that provides Maine youth and teachers with mentored activities within the STEM fields. Its main focus is on robotics. They conduct summer camps and competitions such as Nano Quest “Exploring existing sciences at the molecular level”.

NanoSpire - NanoSpire, Inc. is an IP holding company founded in January 2002, to commercialize a new generation of cavitation reentrant jet-based tools and processes. NanoSpire provides the first machine tool capable of cutting, drilling, welding, hammering, and annealing materials only a few nanometers in size by harnessing cavitation microjets. NanoSpire has developed the next generation of high-shear mixer based on its patented technology. NanoSpire has also developed several advanced technologies for energy production.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

Maine is home to a two universities offering research and educational opportunities in nanotechnology. Given below is a list of universities in Maine and the academic courses or research opportunities offered by them relating to the various aspects of nanotechnology.

University of Southern Maine (USM) - USM is a multi-campus public urban comprehensive university located in Portland.

The following is a nanotech initiative of the University of Southern Maine:

  • Nano Discovery LabsIt provides a connecting and sustaining framework for science education programs integrated with research in nanoscience, virology, molecular biology, microbiology, public health, and astrobiology and through alliance with faculty and scientific professional staff of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and other collaborating scientists.

The University of Maine - is a public research university located in Orono.

The following are various nanotech initiatives of the University of Maine:

Recent Developments

There has not been any recent reports of nanotechnology activity from Maine. However, there is no doubt that the universities have related capabilities and are working on some projects such as nanocellulose products relating to their forestry industry and their incorporation into composite materials.

It is also unclear how effective the 2010 Science and Technology Activity Plan has been to date and whether it has fostered any developments relating to nanotechnology.

With little evidence of recent developments in the area of nanotechnology, it seems hard to envisage Main becoming a significant player in the nanotech game.

References

  1. United States Census Bureau - Maine Quick Facts
  2. Widespread Economic Growth Across States in 2011 (PDF)
  3. 2010 Science and Technology Action Plan (PDF)
Date Added: Apr 29, 2013 | Updated: May 3, 2013
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