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Nanotechnology Now Editor Rocky Rawstern interviews Scott Mize, President of Foresight Nanotech Institute, on Foresight's Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems Initiative.
NN: What is the concept of the roadmap?
The "Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems" will chart anticipated developments in nanotechnology which will be required to take us from current abilities to advanced nanosystems. The Roadmap will examine what can be developed in labs today and then map out a step-by-step plan for developing these new nanotechnologies.
The Roadmap process will bring together and coordinate the thinking and activity of key stakeholders who have a role in developing the next generations of nanotechnology. These stakeholders will include governments, corporations, research institutions, policy professionals, investors, educators and the media. The goal is to provide a common vocabulary and framework that each stakeholder can use as input for their own businesses strategy, investment, or research and development process.
NN: Why develop a technology roadmap for Productive Nanosystems now? What forces have come into play to require a roadmap?
We have essentially arrived at the first stage of nanotechnology - the ability to synthesize nanostructured materials with novel and valuable properties.
A key next question is where we should focus our efforts collectively to develop the next generation of nanotechnology, and on what basis will those decisions be made. Governments, corporations and research institution are spending billions of dollars a year on nanotech R&D. How do we ensure that an appropriate portion of those funds are being spent on the highest-leverage critical path nanotechnologies?
The Roadmap is designed to define and illuminate those development pathways. It will show what we should focus on today, and provide a foundation for establishing research and commercialization agendas for future nanotechnology.
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