DUBLIN, Ireland, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c17060 ) has announced the addition
of New Materials R&D and Commercialization Current Status and Future
Directions to their offering.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040820/RESEARCH )
This report on Energy and Environmental Technologies is a review of
research and commercialization of new materials and materials chemistries in
the United States, including nanotechnology. This publication offers broad
coverage of commercial offerings, development programs, and the underlying
applied research that may yield products in new energy sources and
environmental technologies in the near future.
The United States is late to the game in these areas. Both Europe and East
Asia lead the US in renewable energy technologies and deployment. Conversely,
the US economy is not only more energy intensive, in terms of consumption per
GDP, but its use of fossil fuels as a portion of energy consumption is the
highest among developed nations.
A renewed political interest in the petroleum producing nations of the
Middle East, along with spiking petroleum prices, highlights the concern over
energy security in the US. Indeed it is the availability of energy sources,
not an acute concern for the environment that tends to drive interest in clean
fuels and energy conservation.
This heightened American interest in solving energy and environmental
problems is complemented by the potential of new materials technologies to
make significant contributions to commercial products. Many of the
technologies we discuss here, such as catalysts, batteries, fuel cells, solar
cells, and chemical sensors, are historically based on surface science and
electrochemistry. And it is from these two disciplines that much of the work
we now call nanotechnology has emerged.
As a result, many in the nanotechnology community herald energy and
closely related environmental technologies as the logical target for efforts
in nanotechnology. Luminaries like Richard Smalley, the discoverer of
fullerenes, and Jim Von Ehr, the founder of Zyvex, have called for major
initiatives to invest in nanotechnology applications in these fields.
Our purpose here is to draw connections between ongoing developments in
new materials and materials chemistry research and progress in certain
technological applications in energy and environmental improvement. We cover
activities in large and small companies as well as universities and government
laboratories concerned with key segments of the energy and environmental
industries. Beyond rhetoric regarding nanotechnology, there are substantial
core efforts to extend materials technologies to commercial applications.
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