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REPORT # Nano-385 PUBLISHED August 15, 2011
Nanosilver Markets 2011
  • Advanced Materials
    Nanosilver — whether in powder, ink or nanostructure form – promises all that industrial silver offers but at a higher performance level.   Thus nanosilver inks are more conductive and cure at lower temperatures than equivalent inks that use conventional silver.  Nanosilver powders are highly potent antibacterial agents and solutions made with silver nanostructures seem to be one of the best available alternatives to ITO, widely used as a transparent conductive coating in the display industry.

    The suitability of nanosilver for such a broad range of applications is encouraging and has drawn a large number of firms into the nanosilver business.  These include everything from major multinationals who believe there is enough money in nanosilver to impact thebottom line to VC-backed start-ups offering the latest silver nanostructures.  In the middle there are a growing number of mid-cap firms offering fairly generic nanosilver powders of various kinds.

    Nonetheless, the nanosilver market faces important challenges.  Although the amounts of nanosilver needed to perform a given task can often be less than for an equivalent standard silver preparation, nanosilver products are currently very expensive and may be hard for potential customers to cost justify.  In addition, there are concerns that widespread use of the material’s otherwise useful antimicrobial properties will cause unexpected negative health and environmental effects.  As a result, there are now growing regulatory barriers to the use of nanosilver that could cool sales significantly in the coming years.
    With all this in mind, this new report from NanoMarkets analyzes the opportunities presented by nanosilver over the next eight years.  The report covers nanomaterials, including nanopowders and other silver nanostructures; nanosilver-based inks, pastes and adhesives, and nanocomposite materials.  This report focuses on all the leading applications for nanosilver and also provides coverage on the product development and marketing strategies of the leading players.  As with all NanoMarkets reports, this publication provides eight-year forecasts for these materials broken out in both volume and value terms.
    NanoMarkets has been reporting on industrial uses of silver and silver-based products for over five years, and this is our latest report in this space.  Other areas covered in reports by NanoMarkets include “Silver Inks and Pastes,”  “Silver in Photovoltaics Markets” and Silver Powders and Flakes.

    Executive Summary
    E.1 Factors Shaping the Opportunities for Nanosilver
    E.1.1 The Price of Silver
    E.1.2 Health, Safety and Regulation of Nanosilver
    E.1.3 Availability of Alternatives
    E.2 Available Opportunities in the Nanosilver Business
    E.2.1 Opportunities for Materials Firms
    E.2.2 Opportunities for Value-Added Ink, Paste, and Coating Makers
    E.3 Firms to Watch
    E.4 Venture Capital and Strategic Investors: Patterns of Investment in the  Nanosilver Business
    E.5 Summary of Eight-year Forecasts for Nanosilver Materials

    Chapter One:  Introduction to Nanosilver Markets
    1.1 Background to this Report
    1.1.1 Applications for Nanosilver Materials
    1.1.2 How Will Regulations Affect Nanosilver’s Rise?
    1.1.3 The Silver Commodity Market—What Will High Silver Prices Mean for Nanosilver?
    1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
    1.3 Methodology of this Report
    1.4 Plan of this Report

    Chapter Two:  Nanosilver Materials and Products
    2.1 Overview of Nanosilver Products
    2.1.1 General Strategies for Making Money with Nanosilver
    2.1.2 Powders and Nanostructures
    2.1.3 Nanosilver Pastes, Adhesive, and Inks
    2.1.4 Alloys, Coated Particles, and Nanocomposites
    2.2 Competitive Materials
    2.2.1 Other Metallic Nanopowders
    2.2.2 Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene
    2.3 Key Points Made in This Chapter

    Chapter Three:  Applications and Markets for Nanosilver Materials
    3.1 Antimicrobial Nanosilver Applications
    3.1.1 Medical Uses for Nanosilver
    3.1.2 Water Purification Using Nanosilver
    3.1.3 Appliances and Other Home Goods Using Nanosilver
    3.1.4 Nanosilver in Textiles and Clothing Items
    3.1.5 Why are There So Many Regulatory Roadblocks for Nanosilver in Antimicrobial Applications?
    3.2 Nanosilver In Traditional Thick-Film Electronics
    3.2.1 Is There a Market for Silver “Nanopastes”?
    3.2.2 Nanosilver Adhesives
    3.3  Emerging Markets for Nanosilver in Printed Electronics
    3.3.1 Electrical Interconnects
    3.3.2 Electrodes
    3.3.3 RFID Antennas
    3.3.4 Security Printing and Nanosilver
    3.4 Nanosilver in Transparent Conductors
    3.4.1 Transparent Nanosilver Inks
    3.4.2 Transparent Silver “Nanogrids”
    3.5 Other Nanosilver Applications
    3.6 Key Points Made in This Chapter

    Chapter Four:  Eight-Year Forecasts for Nanosilver Materials
    4.1 Forecasting Methodology
    4.1.1 Scope of Forecast
    4.1.2 Pricing Assumptions and Estimates
    4.2 Eight-Year Forecasts of Nanosilver by Application
    4.2.1 Antimicrobial Markets for Nanosilver
    4.2.2 Nanosilver Pastes and Adhesives Markets
    4.2.3 Nanosilver Ink Markets
    4.2.4 Nanosilver Transparent Conductors
    4.2.5 Nanosilver in Industrial Catalysis
    4.2.6 Summary of Nanosilver Markets by Application
    4.3 Eight-Year Nanosilver Forecasts by Product Type
    4.3.1 Antimicrobial Nanosilver
    4.3.2 Nanosilver Pastes and Conductive Adhesives
    4.3.3 Nanosilver Inks
    4.4 Alternative Scenarios

    Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
    About the Author

    List of Exhibits

    Exhibit E-1: Grand Total – Value of Nanosilver Markets by Application 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 2-1: Summary of Selected Nanosilver Manufacturers' Product Offerings 
    Exhibit 4-1: Average Nanosilver Prices 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-2: Antimicrobial Nanosilver in Consumer Goods Applications 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-3: Antimicrobial Nanosilver in Medical Applications 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-4: Summary of Antimicrobial Nanosilver Markets 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-5: Nanosilver Pastes and Adhesives Markets by Application 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-6: Nanosilver Inks for Inkjet Printing by Application 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-7: Nanosilver Inks for Flexographic, Gravure, and Other Printing Methods by  Application 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-8: Nanosilver Ink Markets 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-9: Analysis of Nanosilver Content in Transparent Conductors 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-10: Summary of Nanosilver Transparent Conductor Markets by Application 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-11: Analysis of Nanosilver Usage in Industrial Catalysts for the Production of Ethylene Oxide  
    Exhibit 4-12: Analysis of Nanosilver Usage in Industrial Catalysts for Formaldehyde Production 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-13: Summary of Market for Nanosilver in Industrial Catalysis 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-14: Grand Total – Nanosilver Markets by Application 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-15: Antimicrobial Nanosilver by Nanosilver Type 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-16: Nanosilver in Pastes and Conductive Adhesives by Nanosilver Type 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-17: Nanosilver in Inks by Nanosilver Material Type 2011-2018 
    Exhibit 4-18: Summary of Nanosilver by Type 2011-2018 


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