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The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies
Policy Insights from Case Studies
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  26 Nov 2010
Pages: 108 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264094635 , OECD Code: 922010091E1
Price:   €16 | $23 | £14 | ¥2100 | MXN300
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Nanotechnology has its origin in the converging abilities of physics, chemistry and materials science.  Its purpose is the manipulation of atoms and molecules in order to create new properties of materials and systems for a wide variety of applications in a very broad range of sectors. Nanotechnology is forecast to create large markets and many new jobs and may be the springboard for industrial renewal and long-term growth. Governments around the world have targeted this emerging technology in their R&D investments and are strategising about the best ways to promote the responsible development and use of nanotechnology given the absence of any in-depth analysis of its commercialisation.

What are the potential economic impacts of nanotechnology, how are companies using nanotechnology for innovation, and what are the key challenges in its commercialisation? These are some of the issues that this book addresses, based on a large number of company case studies in several countries.

Table of contents:

Executive summary
Chapter 1. Introduction: The definitions, development and possible economic impacts of nanotechnology
-Definitions of nanotechnology
-The origin and development of nanotechnology
-Possible economic impacts of nanotechnology
-Objectives and structure of the report
Chapter 2. Insights from previous studies on nanotechnology developments and commercialisation
-Key issues addressed in previous studies
-Sources of nanotechnology innovation
-Impact of nanotechnology on company activities
-Facilitating factors and barriers in business environment
Chapter 3. Insights from the case studies on the impacts of nanotechnology on companies
-Methodology and limitations of the case studies
-Company characteristics
-Nanotechnology entry, activities and drivers
-Challenges for the commercialisation of nanotechnology
-Annex 3.A. List of interviewed companies
Chapter 4. Main findings, policy issues and implications
-A summary of main findings drawing on previous studies
-Policy issues and implications

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