This report provides intelligence on market potential, current technology status and future trends in the area of nanotechnology and smart materials. The market constantly asks for better devices and materials. In the market there is technical progression of all types of materials’ size (from macro to nano), introduction of new materials, and the growing need to follow new laws regarding the traceability of parts after the usability cycle. The potential future benefits of smart materials, structures and systems enabled by nanotechnology to meet such needs, are diverse in their scope. The development and application of new smart materials can and will have a significant effect on our use of energy and our health, our use of communications’ technology and our security.
The Global Market for Nanoscale Smart Materials is in depth look at how nanotechnology is enhancing the smart materials area, providing both intrinsic smartness and enhancement of existing smart materials.
Areas covered include Nanotechnology and Piezoelectric Materials; Electrostrictive and magnetostrictive materials; Shape Memory Alloys; Electrochromics and Smart Gels to name but a few.
In depth market coverage and likely short to long term applications are also described in detail. Markets include Healthcare and Life Sciences, Environment, Aerospace, Construction and Textiles etc. covering applications such as tissue engineering, self-healing and responsive surfaces and new sensors for aerospace and transport.
The scaling of existing smart materials to the nanoscale and the incorporation of new nanomaterials into smart systems and structures, will allow for material enhancement and efficiency not possible at other scales. For example, in the area of thermoelectric converters for the direct conversion of geothermal and solar thermal energy sources into electricity, nanoscaled materials are applied because they lower the heat conductivity in the n- and p-type semiconductors dramatically, and thus enhance the conversion efficiency.
This report describes the future market opportunities, challenges, and drivers in the area of nanotechnology and smart materials. In depth focus will be placed on the areas of piezoelectric, thermoelectric and self-repairing (healing) smart materials.