Posted: December 13, 2006

China determined to challenge West's lead in nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) China is currently in the process of constructing centers for the exploitation of nanotechnology in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and elsewhere. This report introduces some of the influential scientists who are involved in heading these centers, and their views on nanotechnology in China are briefly presented in an interview format. With the completion of these new centers, which is scheduled to be in the near future, China will have the infrastructure in place to begin challenging the West’s lead in the field of nanotechnology.
The Asian Technology Information Program (ATIP) just releases a follow-up report on its two previous reports on nanotechnology in China, Update of Nanotechnology in China and Nanotechnology Organizations and Programs in China.
The latest report, "Nanotechnology Infrastructure in China" examines the primary issues for the proliferation of nanotechnology in China, based on information gathered through conversations with senior members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as well as other key players in China’s nanotechnology initiatives.
Here is an interesting quote from the report:
"If the number of publications is an indicator then, yes, China can compete with the West on basic research. However, it will not have an impact on the West for the next five years at least. The genuine breakthroughs will take time, but my visits to China lead me to conclude that, given the availability of the new hardware and wealth of manpower being injected into the Chinese effort, it is a matter of when and not if, the Chinese will produce commercially useful molecular nano-robots or report on a discovery equivalent to that of carbon nanotubes. The main deficiencies in the Chinese system are technology transfer from the lab to industry and patent rights."
Source: ATIP