Federal Investments Drive Nascent Nanosensor Technology Sector

Oct 25, 2006, 01:00 ET from Frost & Sullivan

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The unique advantages
 offered by nanosensor technology such as minimal susceptibility for false
 positives, low consumption of power, and superior sensitivity are
 propelling its application and adoption.
     Frost & Sullivan (http://www.ti.frost.com ) finds in its study Advances
 in Nanosensor Technologies that nanosensor technology development, in most
 cases at an early stage of the development cycle, offers capabilities that
 will prove useful in a wide range of functions. The technology requires
 commercialization before effective deployment in application areas.
 Partnerships would help both in developing these technologies and in
 streamlining them to meet mainstream end-user needs.
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     Strategic partnerships, especially with government entities such as the
 Army, Navy and Air Force will aid development, application and adoption of
 nanosensor technology. Government funding for research and development
 (R&D) will help guide and focus research on 'actual engineering solutions',
 that will find specific uses in critical areas where nanosensor
 technology's capabilities are needed.
     "The investments made by governments into basic research by funding
 national laboratories, or through grants to university research programs,
 will help the development of nanosensor technology, at two levels,"
 explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Rahul Nayar. "It will help
 generate basic knowledge bases that product and technology development must
 rest on, and the funding also enables critical early stage R&D driving the
 progress of nanosensor technology."
     Commercial partnerships also are key to the success of nanosensor
 technology in the mainstream markets, as they provide much needed
 applications level knowledge to developers. These symbiotic relationships
 between developers and larger application level firms, project the dual
 benefit of combining emerging technologies with niche uses and then
 extending that combination through to the commercialization and product
 development phases.
     This surge in R&D satisfies an imperative and urgent need for enhanced
 solution capability. For instance, the need to defend against chemical and
 biological warfare demand that current high-performance technologies push
 the envelope, paving the way for highly sensitized solutions that
 nanosensor technologies can fulfill through the use of nanomaterials as a
 sensing device.
     "The increased surface area of nanomaterials -- a basic characteristic
 for a nanopower, or a carbon nanotube -- essentially increases the area
 available to interact with an analyte; this leads to increased sensitivity
 for the sensor platform, resulting in improved performances," explains
 Nayar. "The nature of the technology used -- for instance, a specific
 nanomaterial coated with a specific enzyme -- can make these devices quite
 specific to the analyte being sensed."
     In fact, this technology offers solutions for niche applications
 commonly evading conventional technologies. However, nanosensor
 capabilities extend beyond niche solutions to a wide cross section of
     "Nanosensor technology will be worth tracking as it transitions from a
 primarily lab-level technology to a powerful commercial entity finding its
 way into a broad spectrum of uses," adds Nayar.
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     Keywords: Nanosensor, sensor, nanomaterial, nanopower, carbon nanotube,
 analyte, sensor platform, enzyme

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