Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2006
Issue 1



Oh Canada! Sing your praises for your nanotech successes

While I’ve never resorted to putting a Canadian flag on my luggage, I understand why Americans do it.

Book Review

An elegant approach for building a business

It only takes the first three pages of “The Eye for Innovation” to understand the reasons for the successes behind Control Data and Robert Price, its former chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Letter From The Editor

Dear reader,

Here’s some advice for 2006: Always try to anticipate who is gunning for your tailpipe.


Simple steps make complex patenting system manageable

For embryonic technologies such as nanotechnology, intellectual property (IP) has become intricately complicated, like building at the nanoscale.


Global Watch

Fluidigm’s fab anchors Singapore’s biotech hub

Gajus Worthington knew three years ago that he needed to find a manufacturing site for Fluidigm Corp.

Global Watch

European nano roadmap paves way for next decade

For investors, selecting which nanotechnologies to favor over others can be a little like looking into a marble ball to see what the future holds.


Oak Ridge: First and unfazed

Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee broke ground on its Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) in the summer of 2003.

Global Watch

Common guidelines become standard fare

Groups worldwide rally to bring consistency to nano

Cover Story

Consumer Demands

Uncovering the profits and pitfalls in five key markets

Small World

Nanoscience tries to wipe out illegal art

We may have come a long way from the graffiti-covered city subways of decades past, but illicit art is still an expensive problem for municipalities, corporations, universities and even homeowners.

From The Front

To be summa cum laude

Not long ago, it was a rarity for a university to include a program dedicated to nanotechnology on its roster.

Small World

It takes time to perfect NIST’s atomic clock

Steven Jefferts knows better than to make lofty predictions about F2.


Tech Watch

Beleaguered Philips places its chips on nanowires

Despite changes afoot at their troubled semiconductor division, researchers at Dutch multinational Philips Electronics continue to develop technology that will enable the next generation of chips.

Tech Watch

Motorola leads charge for portable fuel cells

In late 2004, Motorola joined in a federally supported program with Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc.(CNI) and Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Inc. to develop electrodes for micro fuel cells.

Business Strategies

Nano financiers aim to reinvent seed funds

Can a pair of innovators get ahead of the angels and VCs?



Recent deals

Industry Challenge

Getting FDA’s OK to go inside the body

The challenge: Secure Food and Drug Administration approval to put a new type of device or material inside the human body.


Reverse merger lets company go public

Who says nano companies can’t go public? Maybe they just can’t take the ordinary route.


Nano VC funding hits high in 2005

Private nanotechnology funding in the United States climbed significantly in 2005.


A user’s guide to DOE’s five nano labs

The Department of Energy estimates that more than 18,000 researchers from industry, academia and government agencies take advantage of user facilities at more than a dozen major national laboratories annually.




Mergers Amp Acquisitions

Agilent Technologies acquires AFM maker

Agilent Technologies Inc., the Palo Alto, Calif.-based test and measurement company, has become a player in the atomic force microscope market by acquiring Molecular Imaging Corp. of Tempe, Ariz.

Regulatory Policy Region

Nano industry requests cash for safety studies

Nanotech sector leaders and analysts recently called for more funding for research into the environmental, health and safety (EHS) impact of nanotechnology and one group released an inventory of existing EHS efforts.




Freescale demos 24-Mbit nanocrystal memory

Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the Austin, Texas-based Motorola spinoff, announced it has proven a 24-Mbit memory array based on silicon nanocrystals - a milestone toward developing a nanocrystal memory that could compete with embedded Flash memory in years ahead.