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November 21st, 2007

Top 12 Areas for Technology Innovation through 2025

Abstract:
Nanomaterials—Although nanotechnologies have received much attention, the R&D is progressing very slowly. But the experts expect major breakthroughs within the next two decades, including inexpensive ways to produce mass quantities of nanomaterials. In addition, the function of nanomaterials will move from "passive" to "active" with the integration of nanoscale valves, switches, pumps, motors, and other components.

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Universal water—Water supplies are increasingly strained. Less than 2% of the planet's store of water is fresh, and most of that is trapped in polar icecaps, while much of the water available for human use is threatened by pollution. The future of water is simple: use less; keep the available fresh water clean; and make more fresh water from salt water to offset critical shortfalls. Enabling technologies will include:

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ultra-fine filters (probably from nanotechnology)
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new energy sources for desalination and purification, including hybrid systems that combine conventional and alternative power—especially solar power
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smart water-use technologies for agriculture and industry

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