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Nanotechnology in Montana, USA: Market Report

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Situated in the western area of the United States of America, Montana covers an overall area of 381,154 km2. As of 2012, the state has a population of 1,004,441.

In 2011, Montana’s GDP stood at $37,990 million. While the state may be popular for its agriculture, mining, and tourism, it is also known for its flourishing technology and biotechnology industries, as well as novel energy developments.  In addition, manufacturing contributes substantially to the local economy.

Nanotechnology Companies

Micropowder Solutions

MicroPowder Solutions LLC (MPS) offers nanotechnology-enabled solutions, materials development expertise, intellectual property development, and technical due diligence services. By combining technical knowledge and practical experience, the company develops and implements real-world solutions in an economical and time-efficient way.

Quantum Composers

Quantum Composers is a privately held firm located in Bozeman, Montana. The company is globally recognized as an innovator in the Test and Measurement market place, thanks to the design and development of Precision Pulse Generator Instrument Lines and laser systems. Over the past 16 years, the company has been at the forefront of custom-made scientific-based concepts and technologies.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

The following sections list the academic institutions that provide research programs and courses in nanotechnology and nanoscience in Montana.

Montana Microfabrication Facility

An initiative of the Montana State University, Montana Microfabrication Facility provides users a chance to plan for training on the particular tools required for their project after fulfilling specific protocols. A monthly journal known as Nature Nanotechnology is also published by the facility.

Center for Bio-Inspired Nano-Materials

Another initiative of Montana State University, the Center for Bio-Inspired Nano-Materials provides multidisciplinary education and research opportunities. These focus on using and expanding an essential understanding of the hierarchical construction and formation of biological materials, like cells, viruses, and biominerals (seashells, teeth, bones, etc.).

Recent Developments

At the Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, scientists were involved in a newly published work on “temperature dependence of electron magnetic resonance spectra of iron oxide nanoparticles mineralized in Listeria innocua protein cages,” together with a research team from numerous universities across the United States. The researchers’ paper was reported in October 2012 in the Journal of Applied Physics.

Since Montana is not closely as involved in nanotechnology as many other states in the United States, it is not expected to create as many nano-related advances.

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