ISTC Catalyst Archives
March 2014Universities – A Nucleus for Illinois Innovation Clusters: Aerospace Cluster Development and Support in Rockford, Illinois
February 2014Connecting Business and Science Across Campus: University-driven Entrepreneurship
January 2014Opening a Closed Technology Licensing Landscape
November 2013Federal Support for Basic Science & Technology Commercialization: Sparking Economic Growth for Illinois
October 2013Illinois’ Research and Development Tax Credit
September 2013A New Vision for the Illinois Medical District
August 2013Improving Illinois’ SBIR and STTR Competitiveness
July 2013Education Technology
June 2013Open Government & Civic Data
May 2013Immigration and STEM Talent
April 2013Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship
March 2013The App Economy: Driving Illinois’ Technology Economy in New Ways
February 2013A New Era for Smart Grid Innovation in Illinois
January 2013The Rise of the Impact Entrepreneur in Illinois
December 2012Personalized Medicine
November 2012Particle Physics Research: Impact and Applications
October 2012Big Data and Computation
September 2012Health Information Technology
August 2012Food Innovation
July 2012Why RDI Matters to the Illinois Economy
Nanotechnology Materials and Industrial Applications
From the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), the White House has signaled that investing in nanotechnology innovation is a federal priority. Since the inception of the NNI over a decade ago, federal nanotechnology R&D funding has grown from $464 million per year to almost $1.8 billion. The number of participating agencies has also grown from six to twenty-five.
The ISTC has taken note, and through the Illinois Nanotechnology Collaborative (INC), has been working to develop tools and resources necessary to make nanotechnology an economic driver in Illinois. Bringing together universities, national labs and industry, the INC is working to develop a nanotechnology roadmap for Illinois which will be released in the coming months.
Illinois already boasts one of the nation’s largest nanotechnology clusters. According to the Nano Science and Technology Institute, there are currently 73 businesses in Illinois that self-identify as nanotechnology companies either because of their work on the nanoscale or their use of nano-enabled products.
Though they may not be household names, many of Illinois’ nanotechnology companies have a global reach and impact our lives on a daily basis. Skokie-based NanoInk’s Dip Pen Nanolithography machines are in laboratories across the world. Nanophase, headquartered in Romeoville, manufactures a variety of nanoparticles that are included in products as ubiquitous as paint and sunscreen. Also in Romeoville, Advanced Diamond Technologies turns natural gas into diamonds for a variety of industrial, electronic and medical applications. Discoveries at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory provided the foundational science for many of the products listed above.
Read on to learn about how nanotechnology and its numerous applications are creating the next generation of innovative products and businesses right here in Illinois.
Watch & Listen
How is Illinois well positioned as a Nano Cluster? Jim Hussey, CEO NanoInk
3D Nano-printing the next big thing in bio-tech
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