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Title: Careers in Nanotechnology


1
Careers in Nanotechnology
Mark A. Banash, Ph.D. Vice President, Quality
Regulatory Affairs (Class of 82)
2
Before we get started
"Eram quod es eris quod sum- Horace
3
Impressions of Nanotech
A carbon nanotube string the width of sewing
thread could easily lift a large car. A nanotube
elevator ribbon would need to be no thicker than
plastic food wrap. Nanotubes would also make the
elevator car light, though large. CNNMoney.com
(2006)
4
Nanotech Today
5
State of Nanotechnology Business Today
  • There is no killer app, only assassin apps
  • Structural composites
  • Multipurpose materials
  • Nanomaterials showing the most promise are
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Nanotitania and other inorganic oxides
  • Nanosilver
  • Nanogold
  • Quantum dots
  • No intrinsically nano devices
  • No atom-by-atom assembly
  • No massively parallel assembly

6
Industrial Research Employment Outlook
  • Employment at large companies is declining or
    holding steady
  • Real wages at large companies are declining or
    holding steady
  • Largest employment growth in small-to-midsize
    companies
  • Start-ups
  • Companies with lt 500 employees
  • Breakthrough technologies typically not
    developed at large companies
  • (although they may be purchased by them).

7
The Rewards of This Job Environment
Hundreds of Microns - Millimeters
8
The Valley of Death
9
A Companys Chance of Success
RESEARCH
No. of Companies
CONCEPT
PROTOTYPE
PRODUCT
MFG
Time
10
Paradigm Shift
When Moving Technology Into The Market
  • Descriptive or Hypothetical Research
    Publications Alone Are Inadequate
  • Leave Behind Idea Driven Work - Move To Market
    Driven Work
  • Customers Are Very Suspicious of Enthusiastic
    Claims Any Technology (e.g. Nano) Can Do
    Everything.
  • Bar Is Raised Even Higher When
  • The More Critical The Mission or End Use
  • The More Novel The Solution

11
Remember Customers Want Sure Things
  • Your technology must provide
  • Application fitness efficacy
  • Proof-positive performance
  • Reproducibility
  • Reliability
  • Documentation Certification
  • Affordability
  • Availability

12
Ideal Nanotech Business Summary
  • Find and Fix Pain Points
  • Selectively Move Up The Value Chain
  • Drop Ins For Current Processes
  • Leverage End-User Relationships
  • Exploit And Extend Manufacturing Lead
  • Strategic Relationships With Market Leaders

12
13
NCTI Is Starting To Climb Out Of The Valley
RESEARCH
MANUFACTURING
PRODUCT
CONCEPT
PROTOTYPE
14
Other CNT Producers
SHORT TUBES Like Powders Difficult
Incorporation Make Inferior Products
Safety Issues
15
Real Materials
16
Materials Made On Industrial Scale Equipment
17
Real Products
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A Typical Nanotech Company
  • Likely to be small, lt 30 employees
  • Likely to be start-ups or in other early phase
  • Offering a solution in search of a problem
    (Applications Development)
  • Funded entirely through government grants,
    founders own money, or outside investors not
    through sales

19
How This Affects You
  • Employees often required to go beyond their
    professional training and do multiple jobs
  • Level of funding critical - jobs, projects, and
    plans can disappear based on how funding evolves
    and its rate of burn
  • Often compensated with options, outright
    ownership, or other stake in the company

20
Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Do I see a true path to commercialization?
  • Is this technically sound?
  • Do I believe these people can actually do this?
  • What value does this provide to the customer and
    what type of competition is there?
  • Do I have the right skills? And what skills will
    I develop in this role?
  • How does this get me to the next stage in my
    career?

21
Where do I find opportunities?
  • Govt National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)
    (www.nano.gov)
  • Professional groups Nanobusiness Alliance (NBA)
    (www.nanobusiness.org)
  • Networking with established professionals
    (mbanash_at_nanocomptech.com)
  • Networking with investment firms
  • Networking with professional recruiters

22
Where dont I find opportunities?
  • Monster.com
  • Practically any on-line job service
  • www.tinytechjobs.com
  • ops.theladder.com
  • Employment sections of company websites

23
Is a career like this worthwhile?
24
Questions?
Mark Banash Nanocomp Technologies 162 Pembroke
Road Concord, NH 03301 (603) 442-8992, ext. 103
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