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Nanotechnology Research and Education
Oklahoma, located in the South Central region, covers a total area of 181,195 km2 and has a population of 3,814,820 as of 2012.
Oklahoma has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation with Tulsa and Oklahoma city being the key economic centers in the state. The state’s GDP increased from $131.9 billion in 2006 to $154.97 billion in 2011. Mining and manufacturing are the main contributors to the local economy, with sectors such as oil and natural gas and aviation being very important. Other key economically significant industries in Oklahoma include telecommunications, energy, electronics and food processing.
Oklahoma is considered as a business-friendly state in the US and comprises six Fortune 1000 companies and four Fortune 500 companies.
A brief introduction to the key nanotechnology-related organisations in Oklahoma is given below:
Oklahoma Nano Technology Initiative - Concentrates on creating awareness of the rapidly growing nanotechnology industry in Oklahoma and also functions as an informational hub for financial, academic, business and industrial fields.
Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology - Offers the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project (ONAP) to companies interested in updating their current products or developing new products using nanotechnology. Through this project the center aims to apply nanotechnology to all its research activities.
The major nanotechnology-related company in Oklahoma is briefly described below:
SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc- SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. (SWeNT) produces carbon nanotubes using the patented CoMoCAT® catalytic method in fluidized bed reactors. This results in selective synthesis of single-wall carbon nanotubes and remarkable control of diameter, chirality and purity.
SWeNT was founded in April 2001 to commercialize nanotube technology developed by Professor Daniel Resasco at the University of Oklahoma. The CoMoCAT® brand is widely recognized for quality and scalability.
The mission of SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc. (SWeNT) is to be the leading producer of high-quality single-wall carbon nanotubes and to be an innovative partner in the continued development and application of carbon nanotubes.
Nanotechnology Research and Education
Some of the leading academic institutions in Oklahoma offering courses and research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology are listed below:
Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures- Is involved with:
Developing ways to create and analyze structures on the nanometer scale.
Studying the individual and collective dynamics of these structures.
Exploring the various applications of these structures in next generation optical, electronic and chemical systems.
Oklahoma State University- Offers a program on Nanoscientific Instrumentation that focuses on providing students with complete knowledge about the fundamentals of nanotechnology, nanoscale systems and devices, characterization of nanostructures, nanofabrication and nanomaterials.
Researchers from the university of Oklahoma and North Carolina State University recently discovered a new technique to speed up the synthesizing process for transition metal oxide nanostructures. These researchers invented a method for creating 3-D and 1-D TMOs that comprise efficient mechanical and electronic characteristics. This new technique involves the exposure of huge quantities of transition materials to parts of an oxygen-enriched flame that are extremely hot. This exposure causes synthesis of transition metal-oxide nanostructures, hollow channels, platelets, nanorods and hybrid nanowires.
Oklahoma researchers were also recently awarded a patent for novel polymerisation catalysts for olefins based on nano-linked heterodinuclear metallocene compounds. This patent is assigned to Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Meanwhile the University of Oklahoma was awarded a patent for anionic lipids and lipid nanostructures and methods for their production..
While SWeNT is quite active in the nanotechnology arena and despite the fact that there is some promising nanotechnology research taking place in Oklahoma, it is unlikely that this state will become a major player in the field. However, they could become a target market with aviation and mining being areas that could benefit from nanotech innovations.
United States Census Bureau - Oklahoma Quick Facts
Widespread Economic Growth Across States in 2011 (PDF)
Gross Domestic Product by State - Oklahoma (2011)
Nano-linked heteronuclear metallocene catalyst compositions and their polymer products
Anionic lipids and lipid nano-structures and methods of producing and using same