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Posted: March 16, 2010
The successful nano tech 2010 event in Tokyo attracted over 42000 visitors
(Nanowerk News) nano tech 2010 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, held for the ninth time from February 17 to February 19, 2010 ended successfully. 654 exhibitors presented the latest
nano technologies and products on a total exhibition space of 7227m2. With 192 overseas
exhibitors, around 30% came from one of the 19 participating foreign countries and regions.
During the three exhibition days, 42,381 visitors gathered at Tokyo Big Sight to meet exhibitors
for business talks and to get information on latest developments in the field.
nano tech 2010 impression
A focus on materials related products and applications of nanotechnologies
This year at nano tech, exhibitors and exhibits in the materials field received even more
attention than usual. The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) for example announced
nano-materials and technology research results on high efficiency gas turbines and fuel cell
catalysts to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
In addition, the nano tech executive committee newly established an “Application
Category” in the nano tech Awards, as a means of recognizing products and technologies that
made the way to commercial applications. The three companies of Chakyu Dyeing Co., Ltd.,
Kurarayliving Co., Ltd., and Matsubun Textile Co., Ltd., which exhibited for the first time at nano
tech on a joint basis, were presented the inaugural Application Award for their efforts leading to
the full-fledged product development and commercial sale of carbon nano-tubes. NOF
Corporation was also presented with the Application Award, for its efforts in developing a
groundbreaking nano-particle dispersion fluid that prevents metallic oxide nano-particles from
2010 Theme: Green Nanotechnology: Sustainability with every nanometer
For the second time, nano tech and its five concurrently held exhibitions highlighted the
common theme of Green Nanotechnology. This year, a total of 136 corporations and organizations
exhibited relevant technologies and products. Among these, the technologies of Toray Industries
Inc. attracted particular attention, as Toray has continued to engage in comprehensive efforts to
reduce environmental burden. Toray was awarded this year’s “Green Nanotechnology Category
Award” for the development of high performance reverse osmosis membranes for desalination
and the development of carbon fiber composite materials.
A Special Green Nanotechnology Symposium with eight invited speakers was filled to
capacity with interested audience members and a Green Nanotechnology poster session
presented the works of 23 overseas researchers from nine countries to the audience.
Application for 2011 started during this year’s event. Around 80% of the space for nano tech 2011
has already been sold.
nano tech Award winners
The ninth nano tech Award Ceremony was held on the last day of the event, February 19 (Fri.). A
Grand Award and Awards in eight categories were presented. Every year members of the nano
tech executive committee choose the most original and advanced technologies or most
outstanding exhibitor, and present the nano tech Awards to the winners. The 2010 winners of the
nano tech Awards and the reasons for their selection are as follows:
nano tech Grand Award Winner: Gunze Limited
Capitalizing on its comprehensive capacity as a materials manufacturer, Gunze Limited exhibited
some groundbreaking products and was able to highlight dynamically the applications and “exits”
for nanotechnology. These products include anti-finger mark films, multi-functional films like for
color compensation, SiC composite materials with high degree of hardness and resilience to
fracturing; and advanced function undergarments featuring nanofibers.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
NIMS has made tremendous progress in the development of the most advanced materials for high
performance and function in all manner of devices used from home appliances to cell phones, up
to automobiles and aircrafts. NIMS is engaged in activities to promote to a broad audience the
importance of highly advanced materials, highlighting the uses for such technologies as
thermoelectric generation and high-temperature super conduction. In addition, in combination
with its search for new materials and materials development, NIMS is also engaged in efforts to
nurture the next generation of researchers.
Kobe Medical Industry City Project
The City of Kobe has gathered a total of 163 organizations, including corporations and universities
in an effort to nurture a cutting-edge medical industry. As part of this effort, it has been decided
to install a next-generation super computer in a new established research facility for
computational science that will be useful for medical applications. This initiative aims not only to
revive the local economy in Kobe, but also to represent Japan in nurturing a world-class,
cutting-edge medical industry.
Elionix Co., Ltd.
Through the realization of a 125kV high acceleration voltage, Elionix Co., Ltd., has been able to
create a ground-breaking ultra-high precision electron beam lithography system, which has
reduced the minimum diameter of the smallest electron beam from 5nm to 1.7nm, and brought
down minimum line width from 10nm to 5nm.
Evaluation and Measurement
Nikkiso Co., Ltd.
The laser diffraction and light scattering particle analyzer BlueRaytrac responds to R&D and
quality control needs in the nanotechnology sector. It features three BlueRay lasers and has
greatly improved resolution capabilities in the nano and sub-micron fields.
Toray Industries Inc.
Toray Industries has been instrumental in establishing truly innovative technologies that
contribute to the field of green nanotechnology. These achievements include development of high
performance reverse osmosis membranes for desalination and effluent processing, weight
reduction and improvement of fuel efficiency through the development of carbon fiber composite
materials, and energy conservation through the development of unique heat insulation sheets
These three companies have developed a heating element using carbon nanotubes, and used this
technology to test a snow-melting mat for use in cold regions. The product exhibited by this trio
of companies is a ready-for-market product that uses large quantities of nanotubes and as such,
the exhibit of the sample product provided an inspiration for the development of other applied
NOF Corporation has developed a groundbreaking nano-particle dispersion fluid, which by
reducing bleed-out thanks to the inclusion of a functional polymer, enables dispersion
stabilization without changing the properties of metallic oxide nano-particles.
Flanders Investment & Trade, Belgium
Flanders Investment and Trade played a coordinating role in bringing together four organizations
that are engaged in research into advanced nanotechnologies. The four organizations together
covered a broad range of fields, including MEMS, bio and materials. Moreover, the grouping is
engaging actively in exchange with Japan as well as advancing research that will lead to the
creation of new industries.
Winner of the NIKKAN KOGYO SHIMBUN Award
Nanotec Corporation has pioneered the development of its unique Diamond-like Carbon (DLC)
technology and also its Intrinsic Carbon Film (ICF), which have contributed to various functional