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In a few years, you could see stain resistant clothes, wireless Internet enabled foldable lcd “newspapers”, self-cleaning roof materials and tennis balls that can bounce twice as long. Because of nanotechnology. DailyStocks has put together company profiles of companies we have found to have interesting products or stories related to nanotechnology.

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What is Nanotechnology?

The prefix “nano” means a billionth. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. The width of a dot in the period “.” is about 100 million nanometers. Specifically, nanotechnology is “the manipulation, precision placement, measurement, modeling and creation of sub-100 nanometer scale matter”, according to Lux Capital. Jack Uldrich and Deb Newberry, authors of the book, The Next Big Thing is Really Small , said : “If we can manipulate the atom, then the rules of the game for almost every product change. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the materials and products we manufacture, to the buildings we live and work in, to the cars and plans we use, to the composition of our very own bodies, everything around us consists of atoms and will be impacted by nanotechnology”. The possibilities of nanotechnology is the key reason the U.S. government is investing more in nanotechnology than any science project since we put men on the Moon, and is the Bush Administration’s biggest science initiative. In fact, major government around the world are making nanotechnology a priority – Japan, the European Union and China have earmarked billions of dollars on nanotechnology.

Potential of Nanotechnology

The National Science Foundation estimates the U.S. market for nanotechnology products will reach $1 trillion by 2015, will generate between 800,000 and 2 million new jobs, and that half of all drugs will be made with nanotechnology by 2010. IBM's research director believes nanotechnology will be BIGGER than that. In 2003, venture capitalists poured over $700 million in nanotechnology. In a recent March 2004 issue, Crain's New York quoted several venture capitalists as saying that they are starting to see a lot of investing opportunities in nanotechnology. You know what this means. When the economy continues to grow, the nanotech stocks can grow to speculative heights.

Nanotechnology is poised to be a classic disruptive technology because at the level of the nanometer, we can manipulate specific atoms and molecules. Matter made of atoms with particular electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal and other physical properties can also be modified for improved performance. For instance, combining small atoms of glass and malleable inorganic materials makes a foldable flat panel computer display possible. Examples of nanotech products currently available, or will be by yearend, include stain resistant clothes, self-cleaning and scratch-proof building materials and windows, tennis balls that will bounce that last twice as long, nanocomposite materials that are starting to replace steel and aluminum in aerospace and automobiles, computer storage media with 40 times the capacity of only a year ago, foldable computer displays that can rollup like a blue print.

Unlike the internet, nanotechnology is about making new materials, devices or systems. This means there will be protectable patents and processes that will have barriers to entry. Note that nanotechnology refers to materials between 0.1 nanometers, which is the size of a hydrogen atom, and 100 nanometers, the size of a virus. This differs from simply processes that deal with micro-size materials, which are 130 nanometers and above. True nanoscale manufacturing is at the molecular, or even atomic level.

The ultimate goal of nanotechnology is not unlike the “moleculizer” of Star Trek where self-assembly systems and machines can build things atom by atom by themselves. Nanotech self-assemblers could produce new human organs, eliminating wait lists for liver transplants, etc. Self-assembly systems could make the world free from material want, solving world problems of hunger, water shortages, energy and heath care.

DailyStocks has put together company profiles of companies we have found to have interesting products or stories related to nanotechnology. We make no opinions nor any valuation assessments of these companies. We just present companies that have products, services or technology that could benefit if nanotechnology takes off.

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