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Posted: Feb 14, 2013

Nanotechnology in Texas - companies, research, and degree programs

(Nanowerk News) Texas has a burgeoning research and commercial nanotechnology environment. After California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas has the most nanotechnology relevant institutions in the U.S. Rice University and The University of Texas have large and well-respected nanotechnology research programs.
Currently, there are 68 companies in Texas involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are 51 nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Texas.
There are 5 academic nanotechnology degree programs in Texas.

Nanotechnology companies in Texas

Nanomaterial Suppliers
Producer of fullerenes.
Manufacturer of carbon nanotubes.
The company produces graphene.
Producer of carbon nanotubes.
Specializes in the production of ultra pure high quality nanostructure materials such as carbon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers.
Manufacturer and supplier of nanoscale metal oxides, nitrides, carbides, diamond, carbon nanotubes for research and industry.
Nanotailor, has licensed NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's unique single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) fabrication process with plans to make high-quality, low-cost SWCNTs available commercially.
Nissan Chemical America Corporation produces colloidal silicas and metal oxide solutions for scratch-resistant coatings for eyeglass lenses, automobile clear coats, and many other plastic parts needing protective coatings. The company also produce high-purity colloidal silicas used in the production of polishing slurries for the semiconductor industry. Their colloidal silicas are also used in the manufacture of synthetic fibers and textiles.
Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) is now commercializing a low cost quantum dot technology of a superior quality and characteristics. This revolutionary new quantum dot production technique, developed by Dr. Michael S. Wong and colleagues of William Marsh Rice University, Houston, TX., has been acquired under an exclusive, world-wide license. Our new synthesis method is mass producible using continuous flow technology processes developed in conjunction with Access2Flow microreactor technology. QMC's research and development group was instrumental in developing the new scaling-up process.
SES Research is the first manufacturer to provide commercial quantities of Carbon Nano materials. SES Research has been providing high quality Carbon Nano materials to the research community for over two decades. With orders as small as 100 milligrams and as large as 5 kilograms, SES Research is the largest supplier of Carbon Nano materials, often supplying other fullerene suppliers with their raw materials.
SkySpring Nanomaterials offers nano-sized powders, nanopowder dispersions, micro-sized powders and bulk materials in small quantity for researchers and in bulk order for industry groups.
The company provides metal nanopowders, oxides and sulfides nanopowders, and nanotubes to industry and researchers worldwide.
Develops and manufactures carbon nanotube based additives and concentrates.
Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine Companies
Access' lead anticancer program is ProLindac™ applies the principals of nanoparticulate prodrugs to enhance the delivery of a platinum drug to tumors.
A specialty pharmaceutical company with a novel drug delivery system. Its proprietary Protein Stabilized Liposomes nanotechnology platform addresses the significant problems associated with delivery of water insoluble drugs.
The company is focused on the use of fullerene carbon nanotubes for novel therapeutic applications specifically in the area of cancer treatment. The company's extensive carbon nanotube-related, worldwide intellectual property portfolio includes discoveries by the late Nobel Prize winner Dr Rick Smalley. The use of fullerene carbon nanotubes has the goal of solving two important problems for many cancer therapeutics, that of delivering large active agents into the desired location and of protecting normal tissue from the active agent during delivery.
Develops and markets a nanoparticle vector technology that combines DNA with the lipids DOTAP and cholesterol to create a synthetic gene delivery vehicle.
The MicroTransponder, Inc. technology portfolio consists of a wireless micro-system that can interface with peripheral nerves and a host of biochemical micro/nano- sensors.
The company focused on delivering nanotechnology based innovative diagnostics products.
The company manufactures the Bio-Assembler, a device for culturing cells in three-dimensions by magnetic levitation. The Bio-Assembler combines nanoparticle based Nanoshuttle-PL with designed magnetic fields needed to levitate cells and provide the 3D cell growth environment.
NanoMedical Systems (NMS) is a startup company, which will commercialize the patented research of Dr. Mauro Ferrari at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, a sponsored research site and a source of licensed IP for NMS. The company's Personalized Molecular Drug-delivery System (PMDS) is a small drug delivery device that is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) for slow and consistent release of a therapeutic agent over many weeks or months. A nanochannel delivery system (nDS) embodied on a silicon chip regulates the flow of therapeutic molecules.
Develops a therapeutic medical device which incorporates a new class of microparticles/nano-shells to selectively destroy solid tumors.
Develops nanoelectronic platforms to directly detect the reactions of biomolecules at the molecular level without amplification or labels.
Savara is is an inhalation drug development company developing next generation respiratory therapeutics utilizing its proprietary NanoCluster dry-powder formulation technology.
Developed and manufactures a novel, biomaterial which utilizes hydrogel nanoparticles which aggregate to form a material of varying strength and elasticity which has extensive medical application including wound management and burn care, tissue regeneration and drug delivery devices.
Nanotechnology Products, Applications & Instruments Companies
Advanced Nano-Coatings, Inc is a producer of high performance, VOC (volatile organic compounds), compliant epoxy coatings to protect wood, steel and concrete buildings and structures. ANC Multifunctional Coating is a high performance, 100% solid, multifunctional epoxy coating with many uses including the encapsulation of asbestos, marine applications, power generation, gas transmission, and wastewater treatment facilities.
AeonClad Coatings is a specialty formulation company with expertise in plasma coating for medical devices and other specialty products. For nanotechnology innovators in healthcare and industry who require precise, reproducible methods for nanocoating a variety of substrates, AeonClad Coatings offers a proprietary pulsed plasma deposition process.
A scientific instrument company formed to supply the carbon nanotube community with unique, specialized optical instrumentation for sample characterization.
The company's nanofabrication capabilities include its Nanopattern™ wafers simulate a gate structure to enable resistance testing of nanoscale structures in microchips.
Authentication and anti-counterfeit technology.
The Company has researched and patented a novel 3D energy conversion architecture named the DECTM Cell, based on nano-scale porous silicon.
C-Voltaics is a nanotechnology company that manufactures nano-materials for macro-scale solutions in the fields of energy, protective coatings and nano-enabled plastics.
The company's experience in sub-micron and nano tool machine design, early stage tool development, prototyping and nanotechnology equipment design along with the requisite high level of Engineering Analysis provides the complete skill set for partnering with many clients who are focused on core technologies and intellectual property for nanotechnology tools.
CurTran manufactures LiteWire, carbon nanotube wire conductors as a technology to directly replace copper and other metallic wires.
By incorporating Forcespinning Technology™ into equipment and manufacturing processes, FibeRio will provide researchers with versatile production capabilities that will facilitate ground breaking research and deliver the nonwovens and technical textiles industries with dramatically increased system level production capacities that will escalate the commercialization of nanofiber applications.
The company has created precise molecule traps, opening up a new avenue of MOF design. Using a trapping method reminiscent of the biomimetic recognition employed by receptors in nature, single molecule traps were structured to strengthen the interaction with confining material without the permanence of a chemical reaction. framergy provides Metal Organic Frameworks and single molecule traps as a reliable, high-volume, high-quality, low cost product for clean energy and other applications.
The company is leading the development of next generation nano-technology based ultracapacitors for energy storage. This technology utilizes a unique form of carbon, called graphene, for electrode material.
Developed a non-vacuum nanomaterial-based deposition processes optimized for its proprietary FASST manufacturing technology for thin-film CIGS photovoltaics.
The company develops and licenses industry-specific applications for emerging battery-specific nanotechnology.
Jordan Valley Semiconductors, Inc. provides industry-leading metrology solutions for thin films, based on novel, rapid, non-contacting, and non-destructive X-ray technology.
MST has developed and designed unique equipment for manufacturing and assembling nano scale diamond tools.
Molecular Imprints provides enabling lithography systems for manufacturing applications in: nano devices, microstructures, advanced packaging, bio devices, optical components and semiconductor devices.
Nascentric develops and markets design automation tools that enable leading edge semiconductor companies to analyze and optimize their designs. Their products accurately predict performance in the presence of nanometer effects such as delay, power, signal integrity, electro-migration, and power supply variation.
The company manufactures a complete line of sputtering systems with reactive sputtering, co-sputtering and combinatorial sputtering, PECVD tools, RIE and Deep RIE systems along with thermal and e-beam evaporators, and single wafer megasonic cleaners.
Founded on commercial agreements with Rice University and the University of Houston, NanoRidge has exclusive licenses for the use of technologies focused on applications of carbon nanotubes and other nanoparticles for production and sales of advanced nanomaterials.
Nanotech America (NTA) is the distributor of the family of Scanning Probe Microscopes manufactured by NT-MDT (Zelenograd, Russia).
Nascentric has developed unique current-based technologies to address nanometer effects, and owns a diverse, valuable patent portfolio in this and many other unique verification and analysis techniques.
Develops a full portfolio of nanoscale metal inks for printable electronics applications.
The company develops and manufactures nanomanipulator systems.
Oxane Materials, Inc. is an energy-focused nanoproducts company. The principal product under development is an oil and gas recovery enhancer, OxFrac (ultralight high-strength proppant). Follow-on products include sour gas abatement technologies, high temperature stable PEM fuel cell membranes, and low-density composite agents.
The company provides the foundation and the tools for the semiconductor industry's ongoing move from conventional optical lithography to optical enhancement techniques.
This electronic design automation (EDA) company is developing new integrated circuit (IC) and system on chip (SoC) routing software for complex nanometer IC designs. Their solution is an architecture optimized for the challenges of sub-100 nm manufacturing process technology.
Developed NanoClusters™, a nanosize powder that combines with nutritional supplements. When consumed, it reduces the surface tension of foods and supplements to increase wetness and absorption of nutrients. Also manufactures a range of nanoceutical nutritional and skincare supplements.
Provides a set of software tools as well as advanced research and development capabilities for analyzing specific problems and delivering complete solutions in areas of quantitative image analysis and 3D computational modeling of particulate materials, including nanoscale materials.
Nanoscale additives for reinforced plastics in the automotive industry, of flexible and rigid packaging such as films, bottles, trays, and blister packs, and also of electronics plastics such as wire and cable coatings.
Manufactures nanodevices based on individual carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and CNT arrays with well-controlled properties using a proprietary, scalable core process - CNT based probes for high-end microscopy tools, including CNT tips for Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs); CNT field emitters for Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs).
Xitronix Corporation is a leader in the development and implementation of high precision Photo-Reflectance metrology equipment for the worldwide semiconductor device manufacturing process control market. The breakthrough process control capability provided by Xitronix' Photo-Reflectance technology is essential to the volume manufacture of nanoelectronics at the 45 nm node and beyond.
Nanotechnology research and development company. Creates technology for atomically precise manufacturing.
Nanotechnology Services & Intermediaries
Offers Computer Based Training Software for a certification program in nanotechnology.
Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. is a research and development company with the goal to develop a portfolio of recurring revenue streams by licensing their intellectual property to others.
A technology development company that develops scientific and engineering concepts and takes the resulting innovations to the marketplace. Innovation areas include nanomaterials.
Fluid microdispensing for micro and nanotechnology applications.
R&D and IP commercialization firm.
A technology R&D and commercialization company. Capabilities include nanostructured materials development.
Provides nanotoxicological tests and safety screening platforms that are effective and essential for nanotechnology design and engineering.
Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) specializes in materials and technology development for the purpose of commercialization. Areas of expertise include nanocomposite formulation/prototyping and nanocomposites/nanoputties/nanofluids.
A market research and consulting firm for all things microscopy and imaging technologies including applications for biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology research organizations in Texas

There are 42 universities in Texas with nanotechnology research activities.
There are 4 initiatives and networks in Texas with a nanotechnology focus.
Here is a complete list of all non-commercial nanotechnology organizations in Texas, sorted alphabetically.
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Source: Nanowerk Nanotechnology Company and Research Database
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