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The Investor's Guide to Nanotechnology & Micromachines

ISBN: 978-0-471-44355-1
272 pages
January 2002
The Investor
Tiny machines = giant profits -- the first-ever investor's guide to the burgeoning field of nanotechnology

Combined government and private investments in nanotechnology topped $1 billion in 2000, and that figure is expected to continue to grow exponentially in the years ahead. In the first investment guide to the rapidly emerging nanotech industry, Glenn Fishbine separates fact from fiction for professionals looking at nanotechnology as potential business or financial ventures. He takes an objective, no-nonsense look at current applications in the field and what's likely to develop in the near future in order to help professionals and investors distinguish between solid opportunities, "Hail Mary's," and sheer science fiction. Fishbine provides an overview of the current state of research and identifies the key nanotech applications areas. He also explores the nanotech initiatives currently underway and assesses their long-term potential from an investor's perspective.
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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

PART I: THE INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE.

Chapter 1. The Nanotech Landscape: An Emerging Market..

An Investor's Definition of Nanotechnology.

Investing in Emerging Industries.

Sources of Funding.

The Players.

Going Forward.

Notes.

Chapter 2. Current Activity in Nanotechnology.

Who Is Spending?

What to Choose.

Government Funding.

The Microelectronics Industry.

University Research Programs.

Nonprofits.

How to Shoot a Duck.

Notes.

Chapter 3. The Feds.

The Coherence of Federal Research and Development.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative.

The Law.

The Practice.

How to Find Investment Opportunities.

Small Business Incentive Research Programs.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Chapter 4. The Universities.

University Research.

Bayh-Dole Goes to College.

How Universities Implement Technology Transfer.

Public Universities.

Private Universities.

Nanonuggets.

Materials and Manufacturing.

Nanoelectronics and Computer Technology.

Medicine and Health.

Aeronautics and Space Exploration.

Environment and Energy.

Biotechnology and Agriculture.

National Security.

What to Do?

Notes.

Chapter 5. Private Industry.

Chip Makers.

Other Research and Development Support.

Nonprofits.

Other Industries.

Public Companies.

Private Companies.

Due Diligence.

Notes.

Chapter 6. International Activity.

Europe.

Germany.

European Nonprofits.

Japan.

Asia.

China.

Korea.

Global Synopsis.

Notes.

Chapter 7. Future Prospects for Investment.

Investment Models for Technology.

Assessment Method.

Possibilities.

Perspectives.

Notes.

PART II: SEARCHING FOR GOLD.

Chapter 8. The Technology Landscape.

Why Nanotechnology Is Important.

How Small Is Small?

Nanomachines: A Model for Technology Assessment.

Notes.

Chapter 9. Power Systems.

Batteries.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Thermoelectric.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Solar.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Steam.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Adenosine Triphosphate.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Brownian Motors.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Summary.

Notes.

Chapter 10. Locomotion Systems.

Legs.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Wings.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Rockets.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Tails.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Notes.

Chapter 11. Control Systems.

Microprocessors.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Analog Control.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Qubits.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Notes.

Chapter 12. Sensor Systems.

Vision.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Chemical Gradient.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Atomic Force.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Notes.

Chapter 13. Actuator Systems.

Erosion.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Genetic Assembly.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Atomic Assembler.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Notes.

Chapter 14. Disposal Systems.

Taggants.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Biodegradation.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Scavengers.

Investment Synopsis.

What to Watch.

Notes.

Epilogue.

Appendix A: Excerpts from the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

Appendix B: Universities Performing Research in Nanotechnology.

Appendix C: Organizations and Companies Affiliated with the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Appendix D: Universities Affiliated with the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Appendix E: Companies Working with Nanotechnology.

Appendix F: European Innovation Relay Center Locations.

Appendix G: German Companies Involved in Nanotechnology.

Appendix H: Countries Covered by the Institute of Nanotechnology.

Appendix I: Japanese Companies Involved in Nanotechnology.

Appendix J: Chinese Universities and Institutions Involved in Nanotechnology.

Appendix K: Chinese Companies Involved in Nanotechnology.

Appendix L: Contact Information.

Glossary.

Index.
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GLENN FISHBINE is the founder of Digital Biometrics, Inc., a biometrics technology firm. Currently, he is the Director of Information Systems for Lake Region Manufacturing, Inc. Fishbine is the author of papers for the FBI and the Harvard Symposium on Computer Graphics, and he holds numerous patents, including a handheld fingerprint scanner. You can visit the author at www.glennfishbine.com.
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"...the author has done a good and entertaining job..." (Physics World, August 2002)

"...not only provides an excellent insight into this fascinating new world but also clearly sets out the pros and cons and access points for investment." (Financial Adviser, 27 March 2003)

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