NLG Nanotechnology Country Reports

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In recent years, nanotechnology has been making considerable progress in the developed world. Manufacturing technologies — nanofacture — have been becoming more reliable and less expensive, and the number of products incorporating nanotechnology is ever-growing.

This development should be of considerable interest to smaller developing countries, because entering the world of industrial nanotechnology requires much lower capital investment than traditional materials such as steel. Secondly, one of the most important industrial uses of nanomaterials, especially discrete nano-objects such as nanoparticles, nanorods and nanoplatelets, is as additives to other products. The addition of nano-objects to matrix materials can significantly enhance their qualities. For example, low- and medium-grade base (lubricating) oil can be converted to high-grade oil by the addition of certain metal nanoparticles. There are many other examples of this kind.

The message NLG wishes to convey to the smaller developing countries is that nanotechnology can be rapidly implanted and can significantly boost the value of products currently being manufactured within the country.

In order to effectively unleash the potential benefits of nanotechnology on the national economy, a careful assessment of existing activities is required, accompanied by an appraisal of what impacts the different aspects of nanotechnology (materials, devices (systems), metrology and so forth) could have on each of these activities.

NLG undertakes such appraisals upon request. The outcome is a comprehensive report, including data tables, and an assessment of the feasibility of implementing nanotechnology. The report can be followed-up by a teleconference or face-to-face question & answer session.

If any aspect of the appraisal needs to be followed up in specific detail, this can be undertaken in a second step, the outcome of which would be a further report.

Reports are typically delivered within 2 to 4 weeks after commissioning. They are researched and written by the scientific and technical associates of NLG. These associates have, typically, been educated and/or occupy a post at one of the world's top 10 universities. Their expertise is guaranteed.