Over the last half century our electronics and communications have been transformed by the ‘Digital Revolution’. In the next half century, we will experience a ‘Material Revolution’ that will transform the physical world as we know it.
Nanotechnology enables mankind to create substances on an atomic scale that challenge the very fabric of what we hold to be true about the world and its properties. Concrete, stainless steel, and silicon made the modern era possible. Now a new class of materials are emerging, with far-reaching potential to transform the physical world and reorder the global economy.
In 2004 few knew of social media until Facebook launched a revolution. The same is true for the internet and Netscape, PCs and Microsoft, smartphones and Apple. For all of the companies working in nanotech, the industry does not have its ‘Facebook’. The reason is simple: nanotech does not yet have the ‘killer app’ that inspires the imaginations of people and industry, and defines its real world promise.
The promise of nanotechnology is innovation that amazes by seemingly disregarding the laws of nature. For example, MetaShield is a coating that is thinner than dust, yet makes glass up to 2x stronger. It goes on as a liquid, yet turns into glass. It can be infused with nanoparticles for enhanced effects, yet remains visually clear and transparent. We are developing many applications for this technology, with the ultimate goal of fulfilling the incredible potential of nanotechnology: revolutionary innovations that cause us to rethink our relationship with the physical world.