Nanotechnology in West Virginia, USA: Market Report

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Nanotechnology Organizations
Nanotechnology Research and Education
Recent Developments


West Virginia, located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States, covers a total area of 62,755 km2 and has a population of 1,855,413 as of 2012.

In 2011, West Virginia had a GSP of $66.8 billion. The main (non-government) contributors are mining, manufacturing and healthcare. Coal and natural gas are important products for the local economy.

West Virginia exports a large amount of electricity to other states. While much of this electricity is generated from fossil fuels, they are committed to sourcing clean energy and are looking to be independent of foreign oil imports by 2013.

The motor vehicle parts and equipment and aerospace sectors are amongst the fastest growing sectors in the West Virginian economy. They also have strong biotechnology and biomedical, chemical and polymers and metals industries with many bog name companies located in West Virginia.

Nanotechnology Organizations

A brief introduction to the key nanotechnology-related organization in West Virginia is given below:

TechConnect - A non-profit organization that focuses on the advancements of technology and science in West Virginia. By promoting new technological developments this organization aims at contributing towards the state’s economy.

Nanotechnology Research and Education

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

West Virginia University - Promotes nanotechnology-based research through the research centers listed below:

  • Nanotechnology Sensing Advances in Field and Environment (NanoSafe) - Provides infrastructure to promote research in nano-enabled science, medicine and engineering fields. Research activities in these fields are conducted through outreach and workforce development programs. NanoSafe offers research and education to high school teachers, postdoctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students and institutions.
  • Nanomedica Group- The Biomaterials, Bioengineering & Nanotechnology Laboratory conducts research in the following areas:
    • Nanotechnology sorbents, coatings, and capsules
    • Nanomedicine, controlled/targeted drug delivery for orthopaedic, dental and cancer treatments.
  • EPSCoR- West Virginia University promotes research in nanoscience and nanotechnology through the EPSCoR program. This program provides researchers with appropriate equipment and instrumentation needed for their research work.

Marshall University - Promotes nanotechnology-based research through the research centers listed below:

  • Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems - The center’s nanotechnology research facility provides nanotechnology equipment that can be used to synthesize and characterize nanoparticles.
  • Norton NanoLaboratories - Conducts nanotechnology-based research on the following topics:
    • Nanomachines and nanotools
    • DNA nanostructures
    • Genetic mutations
    • Superconductors

Recent Developments

Despite the fact that nanotechnology is finding more uses by the day, there have been no nano-tech developments of note from West Virginia. Hence, this state is not anticipated to play a major role in the advancement of nanotechnology even though there appears to be a number of departments/centers that are active in the nanotechnology arena.


  1. United States Census Bureau - West Virginia Quick Facts
  2. Widespread Economic Growth Across States in 2011 (PDF)
  3. West Virginia - GSP
  4. West Virginia - Industries


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