Research and Markets: A Detailed Look at Nanotechnology in Belgium 2005-2006
Belgium is a federal state, consisting of Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia. A considerable number of policies have been decentralized to the level of the Flanders and Walloon governments, including science and technology policy.
Despite its size, Belgium has initiated significant nanotechnology efforts, based on its educational culture of integration and networking. Wallonia has committed EUR 13.3 million to its Programme Nano, spread over seventeen major research projects.
Flanders has a strong history in biotechnology, but has no specific nanotechnology programme, although the government provides a large annual grant to IMEC, one of the leading centres in Europe. Networking is encouraged across multiple centres of excellence, including the universities of Brussels, Liege, Mons-Hainaut, and Namur, plus the major nanotechnology centre, CERMIN, at the Universite Catholique de Louvain.
Commercial applications of nanotechnology are being developed mainly through the university spin-outs and SMEs, with little large industry involvement at present. IMEC is the most active research centre with a number of micro and nano spin-outs.
This report covers the following topics:
- Nanotechnology-What is it?
- What are nanomaterials?
- Government Policy and Initiatives
- Universities and Research Centres
- Commercial Activity in Nanotechnology
- Nanotechnology Companies (15 companies)
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