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Vivek Srivastava

February 19th, 2009
Opportunity for Indian nanotech companies in present economic downturn
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

US economy has leaned heavily at services sector for GDP growth in past several years at the cost of primary and industrial economic activity. Going forward US policy makers would be looking to strengthen manufacturing and energy generation locally. This provides an opportunity for Indian service providers and technology development companies to participate in the process and help rationalize the economic portfolio of both the countries Read the Whole Article


August 5th, 2008
Nanotechnology and renewable energy
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Developed and developing nations have different drivers for adoption of renewable energy. While there is a strong push in western nations for clean technologies though government intervention, in developing nations choices are based on economics. In this context, photovoltaic technology stands out among its competitors due to its significant cost reduction potential. Technology upgradation will play a major role is achieving the target of "grid parity" for photovoltaics Read the Whole Article


April 28th, 2008
Would public research investment create innovative Indian nanotech companies
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Nanotechnology R&D in premier Indian research institutes is blossoming thanks to international and local collaborations between industry and academicians. Optimists believe that this would lead to an explosion of new and innovative products and technology in near to medium term. Two key barriers, cultural and financial, are identified and discussed to temper the enthusiasm. Read the Whole Article


March 11th, 2008
Harnessing the power of network to achieve business agility - NanoIT Associates
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Technology companies in India experience a number of pain points: gaps in funding availability, lack of good quality line managers, burgeoning cost of R&D and pressure to reduce the time-to-market. Early efforts at downsizing and off-shoring have not yielded satisfactory results. More mature solutions like harnessing the collective power of networks and creation of an eco-system of value-creation islands are starting to emerge in the shape of Nano-IT Associates. Read the Whole Article


February 2nd, 2008
Achieving the balance between public awareness and Nano hype - The launch of Tata Nano
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Skeptics fear a nanotech hype in coming years leading to a dot-com type bubble adversely effecting the industry. Despite a number of differences between internet technologies and nanotechnologies, the fear is well founded as most major technological innovations follow a similar adoption curve as captured by Gartner. A quick look at Google trends does not show any correlation between launch of "Nano" branded products (IPod Nano and Tata Nano) and public interest in nanotechnologies. More efforts are needed to educate the public on the potential risks and benefits of nanotechnologies to minimize the impact of a possible hype by adopting an attitude of "cautious optimism". Read the Whole Article


December 26th, 2007
Bangalore Nano Conference - Dec 6th and 7th, 2007
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Bangalore Nano conference 2007 was well attended by both industry and academia, highlighting the growing spirit of collaboration and inter-dependencies of these two hitherto mutually exclusive communities. Special sessions like "Research Industry Collaboration Hub" were held to help bridge the gap. World class opportunities in the sector, though, remain limited, highlighting the quantity versus quality issue. Read the Whole Article


November 12th, 2007
Building public awareness on nanotechnology in India
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

India has traditionally lagged behind in educating its masses and firing the curiosity of the future generations of technologists and scientists. Science and technology discussions have remained confined to universities and colleges. In this article, I report on three recent developments that point towards nanotechnology starting to trickle into the mainstream of Indian business media. The next step would be to permeate it further to the non - initiated and to schools and text books. A public debate on nanotechnology is needed to chart the course of development of the industry in this country. Read the Whole Article


October 10th, 2007
Integrated Nano-Bio systems symposium at BMS College, Bangalore
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Advances in use of nanotechnology for biomedical applications was the central theme of the symposium and highlighted the diverse areas being currently investigated across various R&D labs in India. Significant discoveries are being made in labs all across the country ready for commercial exploitation. The symposium left the audience with a sense of awe at the possibilities awaiting us as a generation and students motivated to be part of this revolution Read the Whole Article


August 22nd, 2007
Adopting a collaborative approach to generate value in multidisciplinary nanotechnology industry
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Given the shortage of managerial talent, resources, and infrastructure, a model for collaborative new product development and launch is presented. The model leverages the core competencies of the partners to accelarate and optimize value generation through nanotechnology products and processes. Read the Whole Article


July 20th, 2007
"Workshop on nanotechnology: Current status and Challenges" - Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2007
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Government spending on R&D in nanoscience and nanotechnology has gone up by an order of magnitude in the last 5 years in recognition of the potential of the technology to propel India in the league of technologically developed nations of the world. A recent workshop at IIT Delhi highlighted the fact that scientists in India are working on the frontier areas of research, with a strong focus on applied research. A sampling of leading nanotechnology researchers in India is provided in the column this month. Read the Whole Article


June 18th, 2007
Reaching the critical mass in Indian nanotechnology industry
Vivek Srivastava
Dr.

Nanotechnology industry in India is largely at the exploratory stage with a number of large organizations scouting for opportunities to exploit emerging technologies. A small number of start ups have been founded but are experiencing teething problems due to limited venture capital and lack of experienced managers. Availability of low cost technical skills and rapidly expanding market, has thrown up a number of opportunities in different sectors. If synergies between nanotechnology, biotechnology, semiconductors, and IT can be identified and exploited, India stands to emerge as a leading niche player in the nanoworld. Read the Whole Article

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