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Posted: Mar 04, 2013
Nanotechnology in Illinois - companies, research, and degree programs
(Nanowerk News) Illinois has a burgeoning research and commercial nanotechnology environment. The University of Illinois and Northwestern University with its International Institute for Nanotechnolog have large and well-respected nanotechnology research programs.
Currently, there are 28 companies in Illinois involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are 36 nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Illinois.
UT Dots Inc. is a nanotechnology research and manufacturing company based at the University of Illinois Research Park at Champaign, Illinois. The company specializes in manufacturing high quality silver and gold nanoinks. Their current technology enables continuous production of nanoparticles of desired chemical nature and quality from aerosol.
AuraSense's uniquely engineered nanoparticles possess unparalleled biocompatibility and versatility as therapeutics and as novel assays within live cells. They hold great promise for combating the most threatening diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and bacterial infection.
Advanced Diamond Technologies (ADT) is a leader in developing and applying diamond for industrial, electronic, and medical applications. For the microscopy market, ADT makes NaDiaProbes™, AFM probes made entirely out of diamond, which last 100 times longer than SiN probes. NaDiaProbes are available in conductive diamond, dynamic and contact modes. ADT also sells UNCD Wafers, available as diamond-on-Silicon (DoSi) and diamond-on-oxide (DOI) wafers. UNCD Wafers are for MEMS development, nano imprint lithography applications and other wafers scales applications where the superior properties of diamond may be leveraged. ADT is a World Economic Forum 2007 Technology Pioneer, chosen for a 2007 Frost & Sullivan award and a winner of a 2008 R&D 100 Award.
AMCOL International is a supplier of specialty minerals. The Corporation is positioned to capitalize on a proprietary technology that disperses nanoscale particles of chemically modified clays into plastic resins, improving strength, heat stability and barrier properties.
CB Mills Inc. is a manufacturing leader of superior products used in inks, paints, chemicals, bio-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, mineral processing, waste treatment and even cosmetics industries. Our versatile product range covers complete essentials for select industries. For over a century CB Mills has been growing and optimizing its diverse portfolio of leading products. Each one of its winning lines of products from grinding mills, dispensing systems, solvent recovery and washing systems has been continuously enhanced to adapt to today’s standards while employing state-of-the-art technologies.
The company's materials expertise is in the conversion of nanoscale materials into enhanced fluids, phase change materials, and polymeric composites into respectively nanofluids, nano-PCMs and nanocomposites.
EcoloCap Solutions Inc. is an integrated and complementary network of environmentally focused technology companies that utilize advanced nanotechnology to design, develop, manufacture and sell cleaner alternative energy products.
Nalco has a long history of work in nanotechnology dating to the 1950s and the development of colloidal silicas. Recent innovations such as Core Shell® polymers, modified at the molecular level for use in wastewater treatment and as process aids in papermaking, petroleum refining, mining and food and beverage processing. Joint venture partner in NanoSpecialties, an R&D company for nanotechnology water and process treatments.
NanoChem is at the forefront of providing unique protein-based polymers that provide competitive performance for various products and processes environmental concerns for the creation of non-toxic products for a wide range of industrial, agricultural and consumer markets.
Renishaw is a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. Their products are used for applications as diverse as machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, CAD/CAM dentistry, stereotactic neurosurgery and medical diagnostics.
Using lapping, optical polishing, single point diamond machining, low stress grinding and honing, Surface Finishes provides Angstrom level tolerances on prototype or production components such as: mirrors for optical imaging and scanning, air bearings, optical disc molds, large area reference surfaces and custom gauging.
Particle Technology Labs, Ltd. is a leading service laboratory for particle characterization in the United States. Their laboratory contains over 30 instruments from many of the leading major manufacturers which gives them the capability to characterize a broad range of particle sizes as well as conduct various other physical characterization tests including: Suface Area; Porosimetry; Density; Powder Rheology.