Contributing to the commercialization of nanotechnology
- Discovering research and industrial potentials in the field of nanotechnology and introducing them to the market
- Fostering research-industry linkages and collaborations in the field of nanotechnology
- Providing nanotechnology companies with the opportunity to participate in international markets
- Raising public knowledge on nanotechnology
All local and international institutions, laboratories, incubators, companies, VC’S are invited to present their:
- Technological achievements
- Nano products
- Laboratory equipment
The twelve pavilions of the Festival are designed to demonstrate and present products of companies active in various field of nanotechnology such as: Water & Environment & Energy, Healthcare, Automotive Industry, Construction Industry, Textile Industry, Petroleum & Related Industries, Agriculture & Packaging, Nano-material Suppliers, Machinery & Lab Equipment Manufacturers, Tech-Market Services Company, Public Education and Trading Companies. Also universities, incubators, tech-parks and research centers were participating in the festival to display their achievements in different areas of nanotechnology.
Water & Environment
Nano filtration is the method that has brought about considerable progress in the recent years. This method can be employed in various stages of water purification including the reduction of water's hardness, decolourisation, separation of specific heavy metals from water so it can be used again, elimination of micron pollutants such as pesticides from underground water, elimination of nitrates, and reduction of salt in waters with low saltiness. Also nanotechnology has introduced new methods for dust control and soil stabilization.
Nanotechnology will cause significant changes in prevention, healthcare, and treatment in the near future. With an annual turnover of $180 billion, pharmaceutical section will approximately have one-fifth of the market share. Although the revenue of selling nano medicine products is not considerable now, this field will witness a huge growth in the next decade.
Nanotechnology can play a significant role in the auto industry. Due to the dependence existing between all parts in the production of a vehicle which has been modified by nanotechnology, the mass production of such vehicles required the establishment of cooperation between economic sectors, and to the implementation of research projects in the country. It means that parallel to the auto industry, other industries such as petrochemistry, steel, paint, and glass must progress too. Several technologies were introduced by nanotechnology into the auto-industry such as nano additives, nanocomposites for auto parts, low-E glasses, etc.
Taking into account the experts' predictions, nanotechnology will be able to have a market of about $5, billion in the construction fields of heat and humidity insulators, concrete additives, energy reducing glasses, self-cleansing paints, pipes, joints, and other related products in the next 5 years in the country. Nanotechnology is expected to be able to influence more than 25% of the construction industry in the coming years. Parallel to the advancement of nanotechnology in Iran, construction industry, as one of the fundamental industries in the country, has benefited from this technology. Production of glasses that reduce energy consumption, and production of soundless sewage pipes to be used in high rises and tall buildings are among the products that are at present being manufactured commercially in Iran.
As one of the largest industries in the country, construction industry has an extensive market for various nanotechnology-based products. As science and technology progress in different aspects, construction industry has resorted to new technologies including nanotechnology in order to better the quality of its function.
Making efforts by Iran to have a share in the global market of textile products requires introduction of new technologies to this industry. Being able to create specific properties such as anti bacterial feature, anti odour and fireproof properties in textile products and the possibility to produce textiles which are able to have a biological interaction with human body, have created a bright future for this domestic industry. By improving present functions and performances of the textiles and the development of intelligent fabrics with unprecedented functions by nanotechnology, new markets will be available to this industry by 2015. The timely recognition of nanotechnology capabilities in the growth and development of this industry and production of competitive products have created a new opportunity for the flourish of this old industry. According to predictions, the market value of these products will reach $115 billion by the end of 2012. The timely entrance of the Iranian companies to this section of textile industry has created the expectation that Iran will have a share in this extensive market.
Cooling fabrics, socks and underwear with odour proof and anti bacterial properties, men's socks with standard weaving for the elimination of the feet's unpleasant odour, and various men's underwear that absorb sweat quickly and eliminate stresses and prevent some skin diseases, presentation of nano overalls with stain proof and disinfectant properties are among the products that will be displayed in the Textile Section of the festival.
Petroleum & Related Industries
Using nanotechnology can be effective in cleaning the environment and the conformity of oil projects with the environment and their surrounding area. As we witness today, oil industries are among polluting industries, and we witness destruction of living and rare ecosystems in various parts of the world due to the leaking of oil wastewater into the environment. Using more environment friendly materials which can be deemed recyclable in the cycle of life can be effective in the preservation of the natural system of the world. In addition, nanotechnology has led to significant changes in polymer and petrochemistry industries. It has made possible the production of such materials with completely different properties for various uses from auto industry to the packaging of food products.
In Petroleum and Petrochemistry Industries Section of the Iran Nanotechnology Festival, the focal point is the use of nanotechnology in order to enhance the quality of petrochemical products. Production of firm and lighter pieces from plastic for various industries including vehicles, production of interior parts used in construction industry, production of light cement in the drilling of oil wells, using catalysts to eliminate sulphur compounds, and converting heavy oil to light oil are among the activities of this section in nanotechnology field.
Agriculture & Packaging
Providing healthy and hygienic food and drinking water has always been one of the most serious challenges man has faced to survive. However, the ever-increasing growth of the population together with the limited resources on the earth has given more importance to the provision of the foodstuff required by humans. Unfortunately, trying to increase agricultural products in the previous decades has severely damaged water and soil resources. Nanotechnology can cause significant changes in food and packaging industry as well as agriculture.
Raw materials are among the most important needs of the production industries. From research and primary tests up to the final manufacturing of products are all dependent on the production and supply of raw materials. Due to the intricate condition of production, maintenance, and purification of the raw materials, this need is much more noticeable in the field of nanotechnology. Therefore, making a special effort to produce high quality and standard raw materials required for research in nanotechnology field is among the production and research priorities of the country.
According the reports by Reportlinker Institute, global demand for nanomaterials is increasing and with an annual growth of 20%, their international market value will reach $3.6 billion by 2014. The international market value of nanomaterials is expected to reach $34 billion by 2025.
Machinery & Lab Equipment Manufacturers
One of the requirements for the development of nanotechnology is the presence of advanced laboratories with precise instrument, skilled technicians, and provision of easy and full time services for the researchers. Researchers who are active in nanotechnology must be able to identify, classify, and produce nanostructures (including particles, molecules, and so on). Gathering all laboratory facilities in the field of nanotechnology (including equipment, technicians and operators, maintenance of facilities) has in many cases been beyond the capability of the individual researchers and investors. Therefore, networking laboratory potentials in various technological fields especially nanotechnology is of great significance in developing nanotechnology in a country.
Therefore, the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council established a nanotechnology network in the early 2004, in order to pave the way for the provision of laboratory services for the researches in universities and industries, and to better utilise laboratory potentials in the country. During its activity, the network has so far accepted more than 57 laboratorial centres as its permanent members.
Tech-Market Services Company
In this section of the festival, the executive structure of and the range of services provided by the companies including infrastructure services, product development and market development were introduced to the visitors.
At present and in addition to the necessity of teaching nanotechnology in schools and universities, promotion of this technology among the public has special importance, because the end users of nanotechnology products are the people in the society, and they must be familiar with the properties, applications, and safety points in this field. On the other hand, university students and active people in the country's industries need something more than familiarisation, and the need for specialised and meaningful education is felt more than ever. Public education and promotion is one of the most important and most extensive programmes of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council in the promotion of the public education of nanotechnology.
This pavilion includes:
- Corridor of the Familiarisation with Nanotechnology
- Nanotechnology Students Club
- Specialised Bookshop
- Students Nanotechnology Societies
Trading products and technical know-how is one of the most important links in the development of knowledge-orientated economy. Taking into account the statistical analyses, knowledge-orientated companies often lack the required expertise in marketing and sales despite possessing the ability to manage entities based on the new technologies.
In addition, due to the lack of sufficient experience and unfamiliarity with customs procedures and international transactions, such companies face problems in the provision and supply of their required material and equipment. Therefore, it is imperative for knowledge-orientated companies to have commercial companies beside them.
Trading companies play an important role in the provision of materials and equipment required for researchers and industries active in nanotechnology field. Generally speaking, it can be said that these companies play a role in the implementation of domestic research projects from the 2 aspects of import and export. Commercial companies act on one hand as a link between technologies, foreign materials and equipment, and domestic research projects, and on the other hand, as the supplier of domestic products, raw materials, and the technical know-how to other countries.
Research Institutes Pavilions
University and Research Centres
During the past few years, more than 5,920 research activities in form of higher education theses in various parts of the country in the field of nanotechnology have been compiled, and the result of most of these activities have been published in form of more than 3,600 articles in the creditable international journals. Universities and research centres will participate from all over the country and present their research achievements. Contrary to the expectation of many visitors, universities and scientific centres will not present only their literature and statistics about their research projects. Equipment and products are among their achievements, which are the result of the efforts made by our Iranian researchers.
Parks and Incubators
Incubators are one of the instruments of the economic growth, which are established in order to support job-creators, and to pave the way for the growth of new companies by providing public facilities and opportunities. Using incubators is today one of the accepted means to turn creativities and scientific and research achievements to marketable products and the development of job creation. Today, there are more than 3,000 incubators all over the world.
Numerous parks and incubators are active in Iran, and more than 60 knowledge-based nano companies are among them. In this part of the festival, technological and knowledge-based companies located in the incubators are introduced, and the services available to these centres are presented. The services included the organised training courses and workshops, the allocated laboratorial and administrative spaces, financial supports, and other facilities that could be provided for these companies.
One of the requirements for the development of nanotechnology is the presence of advanced laboratories with precise instrument, skilled technicians, and provision of easy and full time services for the researchers. Researchers who are active in nanotechnology must be able to identify, classify, and produce nanostructures (including particles, molecules, and so on). Gathering all laboratory facilities in the field of nanotechnology (including equipment, technicians and operators, maintenance of facilities) has in many cases been beyond the capability of the individual researchers and investors. Therefore, networking laboratory potentials in various technological fields especially nanotechnology is of great significance in the developing countries, especially our own country.
Therefore, the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council established a nanotechnology network in the early 2004, in order to pave the way for the provision of laboratory services for the researches in universities and industries, and to better utilise laboratory potentials in the country. During its activity, the network has so far accepted more than 57 laboratorial centres as its permanent members. Out of these laboratories, 11 put their activities on display in the Sixth Nanotechnology Festival.
Several workshops on different topics are planned to be held during the Festival.
Nano Awards Ceremony
In this annual ceremony, the most active scientists/researchers, research institutions, laboratories, incubators, companies as well as media are introduced and praised.