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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 companies in Texas involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frontier NanoSystems is commercializing an advanced additive, high productivity manufacturing technology that can efficiently produce ultra-high performance materials, including metals/alloys/superalloys, ceramics/electroceramics and semiconductors and integrate them into high-value products with applications in the microelectronics, aerospace, energy, transportation, oil and gas, and other industry sectors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.