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REPORT # Nano-457 PUBLISHED January 02, 2012
Nanometals in Electronics and Energy Markets –2012 and Beyond
  • Advanced Materials

    “Nanometals” are a growing sector of the nanomaterials business that extend the uses of metals in electronics and energy markets in important ways.  Building on the traditional role of metals in these sectors, metallic nanoparticles and nanostructures (nanowires, nanorods, nanospeheres, etc.) are bringing higher performance to traditional electronics applications such as PCBs, giving nanometals immediate revenue potential.  But nanometals also have considerable potential in emerging areas of electronics such as printed electronics, creating the opportunity for new business revenue in the not-too-distant future.  The long-established use of nanosilver and nanogold in medical applications also has implications for the medical electronics business, we believe.

    In the energy sector, NanoMarkets is seeing a growing role for nanometals in applications ranging from solar panels to fuel additives and these are also explored in this report. And while many of the opportunities we see for nanometals are obviously related to electrical and thermal conductivity, we have also analyzed the potential for creating products and building businesses around some of the more exciting properties of nanomaterials including bioactivity (or lack of it), optical and plasmonic properties and tunability.

    In this report we quantify the commercial potential for nanometals in all the major markets, providing revenue forecasts for shipments of these interesting materials over an eight-year period.  Our analysis not only covers the entire class of nanometals, but also extends to related areas such as nanometal oxides and other compounds.  We also examine the opportunities for intermediate products such as inks and sputtering targets and the market impact of the latest trends in nanometal fabrication.

    NanoMarkets has already established an important role in supplying business information in the nanometals space.  It publishes the industry-standard annual reports on nanosilver and has also covered nanogold, nanocopper and nanomolybdenum opportunities in its published studies.  In addition, NanoMarkets is expert on the applications markets into which nanometals are being sold having covered emerging sectors of both the electronics and energy markets for seven years.  In addition to product/market analysis, this report also assesses the key market strategies being deployed by leading suppliers including both the large specialty chemical companies and interesting startups.


    Executive Summary
    E.1 Opportunity analysis
    E.1.1 Metallic nanopowders and nanoparticles
    E.1.2 Metallic nanostructures
    E.1.3 “Smart” metallic nanomaterials
    E.2 Summary of market forecasts
    E.3 Suppliers and Firms to watch in the nanometals market
    E.3.1 Role of the established specialty chemical industry
    E.3.2 Emergence of small suppliers in China and elsewhere
    E.3.3 Start-ups and opportunities for venture capitalists
    E.3.4 Firms to watch
    E.4 Successful marketing strategies in the nanometals market

    Chapter One:  Introduction
    1.1 Background to this report
    1.2 Objective and scope of this report
    1.3 Methodology of this report

    Chapter Two: Nanometal Products and Technology Trends
    2.1 Nanoparticles and nanostructures:  current products and future developments
    2.1.1 Silver
    2.1.2 Gold
    2.1.3 Copper
    2.1.4 Aluminum
    2.1.5 Platinum
    2.1.6 Palladium
    2.1.7 Molybdenum
    2.1.8 Ferromagnetic materials
    2.1.9 Other metals
    2.2 Nanometal oxides and other nanometal compounds
    2.3 Nanometal/polymer hybrids
    2.4 Nanometals as smart materials
    2.5 Intermediate products
    2.5.1 Nanometallic inks and coatings
    2.6 Key drivers for the use of nanometals
    2.6.1 Mechanical properties:  strength, flexibility and beyond
    2.6.2 Enhanced electrical conductivity
    2.6.3 Enhanced thermal conductivity
    2.6.4 Optical and plasmonic effects
    2.6.5 Bioactivity and bio-inertness
    2.6.6 Tunability of material properties in nanometals
    2.7 Trends in health and safety regulations related to nanometals
    2.8 Current trends in the manufacturing of nanometals
    2.8.1 Bulk nanomaterials
    2.8.1 Metallic nanostructures

    Chapter Three: Markets for Nanometals in the Electronics and Energy Industries
    3.1 Electronics
    3.1.1 Printed circuit boards, membrane switches and traditional electronics
    3.1.2 RF applications
    3.1.3 Information storage and computer memories
    3.1.4 Emerging applications in printed and organic electronics
    3.2 Energy and the environment
    3.2.1 Energy-efficient coatings and smart windows
    3.2.2 Solar panels
    3.2.3 Water and air purification
    3.2.4 Batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells
    3.2.5 Fuel additives and catalysts
    3.3 Sensors
    3.4 Health and safety regulation of nanomaterials:  current and future
    3.5 Pricing trends

    Chapter Four: Forecasts of Nanometals in the Electronics and Energy Industries
    4.1 Forecasting methodology
    4.2 Printed circuit boards, membrane switches and traditional electronics
    4.3 RF applications
    4.4 Information storage and computer memories
    4.5 Emerging applications in printed and organic electronics
    4.6 Energy-efficient coatings and smart windows
    4.7 Solar panels
    4.8 Water and air purification
    4.9 Batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells
    4.10 Fuel additives and catalysts
    4.11 Sensors
    4.12 Alternative scenarios


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