Nanotechnology in Wyoming, USA: Market Report

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Nanotechnology Companies
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Recent Developments


Wyoming, located in the mountain region of the Western United States. It covers a total area of 253,348 km2 making it the 10th largest state in the US. It has a population of 576,412 as of 2012, making it the least populated state in the USA.

Wyoming’s 2011 GSP was $37.6 billion, of which the vast majority has come from the mining industry according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

For manufacturers, Wyoming offers several benefits such as:

  • Manufacturing sales tax exemption
  • Sale tax exemption for electricity used in manufacturing and the second lowest electricity rates in the nation
  • Industrial development revenue bonds to promote economic growth
  • Wyoming Partnership Challenge Loan Program to assist with business loans
  • No personal or corporate income taxes

Nanotechnology Companies

The major nanotechnology-related companies in Wyoming are listed below along with a brief introduction to each of them:

Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation - NDCPower is a profitable, privately-held company with a focus on commercializing clean energy technologies with products in the hydrogen fuel cell market, the consumer portable power market and the military power market.

Their products offer superior technical performance and cost effectiveness in high value emerging markets. The company’s competitive advantage arises from the use of their innovative advanced materials and catalysts. This technology edge has allowed NDCPower to establish a broad and growing intellectual property portfolio to complement and secure their product lines. NDCPower’s vision is to develop fuel cell technologies into mainstream use in a profitable manner.

Universal Nanotech - Founded in 2010, Universal Nanotech Corporation (UNC) set out to transform existing semiconductor device technology utilizing the quantum effects of Silicon and Germanium nanocrystals.  UNC controls a proprietary large-scale production process of high-purity size-specific Silicon (intrinsic, p-type, n-type) and Germanium nanocrystals.

UNC is focusing on the development of commercial end user products using Silicon and Germanium nanocrystals. They work closely with their customers to ensure the realization of a successful product.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

Some of the leading academic institutes in Wyoming offering courses and research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology are listed below:

University of Wyoming - Promotes nanotechnology based research through the following research groups:

  • EE Nanotechnology - Graduate students work along with STEM high school teachers in Wyoming rural schools to include energy and environmental nanotechnology information into the current Wyoming standards based STEM curriculum to increase teacher and student knowledge, motivate students to pursue higher education in a STEM field and to increase Graduate Fellow leadership skills.
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science- The University of Wyoming’s Chemical and Petroleum Department conducts research on the following topics:
    • Development of new solid CO2 sorbents
    • Development of nanomaterials for clean energy production
  • Soft Materials Laboratory - This laboratory is a multidisciplinary research team dedicated to understanding bionanomaterials, living polymerization, carbon recovery, polyionics and molecular energy systems. 

Recent Developments

The University of Wyoming in collaboration with a nonprofit organization is working towards using nanotechnology in order to enhance the safety of drinking water. Their goal is to remove toxic arsenic present in various drinking water supplies. The technology uses cupric oxide nanoparticles as an oxidizer, similar to filters used in households. These nanoparticles remove the arsenic content from the water supply.

In January of 2013, Hess Corp committed $4.4million to support the University of Wyoming's Center for Advanced Oil and Gas Technologies Nano Resolution Imaging Laboratory. As a result, the state of Wyoming will match this contribution through the matching fund program for UW's energy program.

With an abundance of natural resources, it seems logical for Wyoming to concentrate their efforts on clean technologies and mining, which is consistent with their recent developments. Their low population, which converts in to a low participation, means that we are not likely to see many nanotech developments coming from Wyoming. However, if we were to look at these developments on a per capita basis, Wyoming might rank very highly.


  1. United States Census Bureau - Wyoming Quick Facts
  2. Widespread Economic Growth Across States in 2011 (PDF)
  3. Gross Domestic Product by State - Wyoming
  4. Wyoming - Focus on Manufacturing (PDF)
  5. Hess Pledges $4.4 Million to UW for Energy Research


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