The 2014 NCMS-NSF Survey of Nanotechnology in the U.S. Manufacturing Industry

M. Mehta
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), US

Keywords: nanotechnology, commercialization, manufacturing, collaboration, innovation, challenges


The United States is the world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship in nanotechnology. Under award from the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), has conducted four consecutive thematic cross-sector nanotechnology commercialization and readiness assessments, to study the impact of the National Nanotechnology Initiative on U.S. industry over the last decade. The 2014 study theme is “Achieving Sustainable Nanotechnology Products.” NCMS has statistically documented the technology-pull processes used by manufacturers, across 20 strategic metrics of readiness, including scalability, collaboration, open-innovation, integration and new product introduction processes for nano-scale engineering advances. Established corporations and tier suppliers have a crucial role in infusing life cycle thinking for sustainable nanotechnology products by the responsible development, integration and roll-out of fast-maturing first and second generation nanotechnologies into commercial products – while avoiding unintended consequences and negative impacts of these nano-enabled products. NCMS has also developed an equivalency scale to support policy-makers and investors in more effectively evaluating technology readiness levels for both, durable goods and biomedical products incorporating nanotechnology. The proposed survey presentation will include highlights of nanotechnology application sectors, ecosystem and cluster development, collaboration patterns, infrastructure attributes, common industry concerns and commercialization best practices.