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3M Co. ( NYSE:MMM ) 3M scientists and researchers are exploring a new world at the nanometer level, where materials exhibit unique physical, chemical and biological properties. These unusual properties are already being exploited in our hard coatings, dental restoratives and brightness-enhancing optical films (used in LCD displays). Many 3M technology platforms, including adhesives and pharmaceuticals, are being influenced by the emergence of nano-sized particles.
A123 Systems, Inc. ( NasdaqGM:AONE ) develops and manufactures advanced lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for the transportation, electric grid services and consumer markets. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Massachusetts, A123 Systems' proprietary nanoscale electrode technology is built on initial developments from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ABB Ltd. ( NYSE:ABB ) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB group of companies operates in some 100 countries and employs approximately 120,000 people. Nanotech R&D: Nano-designed dielectrics can be engineered to an exact specification with an improved response to changing electric fields. This opens up the possibilities for cables, bushings, surge arresters and insulating materials. At the same time ABB is perfecting a nano-structured sliding bearing that works in MV and HV switchgear without oil, offering lower operating costs and less environmental impact.
Accelrys ( NasdaqGM:ACCL ) is a Scientific Informatics software and services company for life sciences, chemical and materials R&D. We enable our customers to both accelerate their research process to more rapidly discover new therapeutics, materials and compounds; and to introduce new efficiencies into the process that drive lower costs The MesoProp is a new research tool which is used to predict the bulk properties of multicomponent nanostructured materials systems. The research applications for MesoProp include studies of polymers, surfactants and continuous phases which are fundamental to the development of surface coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, cements, composite materials, gels, and laminates.
Advance Nanotech, Inc. ( OTCBB:AVNA ) owns a minority position in Owlstone Nanotech, Inc. ("Owlstone"). Owlstone is a pioneer in the commercialization of chemical detection products. The Owlstone detector is a revolutionary dime-sized sensor that can be programmed to detect a wide range of chemical agents that may be present in extremely small quantities. Using leading-edge micro- and nano-fabrication techniques, Owlstone has created a complete chemical detection sensor that is significantly smaller and can be produced more cost effectively than products using existing technology. There are numerous applications -- across industries from security and defense to industrial process, air quality control and healthcare -- that depend on the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of chemical compounds. Owlstone works with market leaders within these industries to integrate the detector into next generation chemical sensing products and solutions. Owlstone's technology offers a unique combination of benefits, including small size, low manufacturing costs, minimal power consumption, reduced false-positives, and a customizable platform.
Advantest Corporation ( NYSE:ATE ) together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of semiconductor and component test system, and mechatronics products. Nanotechnology: The Company’s electron beam lithography systems can etch 65nm circuit patterns onto wafers and masks at high speed. Pattern length measurement systems are also available.
Agilent Technologies Inc . ( NYSE:A ) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company’s 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. . Nanoindentation instruments from Agilent Technologies conform to the ISO 14577 standard, delivering confidence in test accuracy and repeatability. These state-of-the-art solutions ensure reliable, high-precision measurement of nanomechanical properties for research and industry.
Aixtron AG ( NasdaqGS:AIXG ; Frankfurt::AIXA.F ) is a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company's technology solutions are used by a diverse range of customers worldwide to build advanced components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound, silicon, or organic semiconductor materials and more recently carbon nanostructures. Such components are used in display technology, signal and lighting technology, fiber communication networks, wireless and cell telephony applications, optical and electronic data storage, computer technology as well as a wide range of other high-tech applications.
Alexium International Group ( ASX:AJX.AX ) is engaged in developing and licensing its intellectual property, Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) technology. Alexium is focused on developing the RST technology for a range of military and commercial applications. Alexium’s Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) is a technology for nanoscopic coatings that combines advanced materials chemistry with a processing step. Alexium’s Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) uses cold microwave energy to direct a precursor’s polymerization onto a substrate’s surface. Its technology is used in textiles, air/fluid filtration, industrial coatings, composite fibers, leather, glass/lens surface treatment, bulk chemicals and thin films. NANO: Alexium’s technology couples unique thermal processing with organic/inorganic hybrid materials to provide innovative products. These products integrate the physiochemical properties of these materials to afford wholly new characteristics. This approach has been applied to a range of applications including nanoscopic coatings for repellent surfaces, novel flame retardant chemistries, and chemical treatments for heat-sensitive materials. Alexium is always working to expand its research portfolio and to work with other companies to leverage its chemistries for other applications.
Altair Nanotechnologies ( NasdaqCM:ALTI ) is a leading provider of fast response battery systems technology. Altairnano's lithium-titanate based battery systems are among the highest performing in the world, and are used primarily to provide regulation and renewable integration in the areas of mass transit and stationary power. Altairnano is the first company to replace traditional graphite materials used in conventional lithium-ion batteries with a proprietary, nano-structured lithium titanate.
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