New Materials R&D and Commercialization Current Status and Future Directions

May 06, 2005, 01:00 ET from Research and Markets

    DUBLIN, Ireland, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets
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 of New Materials R&D and Commercialization Current Status and Future
 Directions to their offering.
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     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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