Interactive map of U.S. nanotechnology

Interactive map of U.S. nanotechnology

The ever-busy folks at the Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies send word of yet another of their subprojects: a nanotechnology map or “NanoMetro mashup”. Alex Parlini writes:

As of this afternoon, I’ve posted a google maps mashup that shows all publicly declared companies, organizations etc working with nanotechnology. To my knowledge, nobody has done this and made it publicly available.

It’s available linked directly

David Rejeski explains:

“This map is drawn from publicly available information in key databases and it is not complete,” according to Rejeski. “We know there is a lot more nanotech commercial and research activity than is reflected here. But this is a first attempt to show that nanotechnology is not a Silicon Valley or Boston Route 128 phenomena. Nanotechnology increasingly is on Main Street everywhere. As the Project receives new data, we plan to update the map to provide the best possible depiction of this country’s emerging nanotechnology landscape.”

It’s true that nanotech is not a Silicon Valley phenomenon — but three of the top four NanoMetro cities are in the SF Bay Area, which is why Foresight is here also. You can see us on the map! If your nano company/lab/organization is not listed, send it in.

It’s fun to zoom in and see exactly who is where. This is easier if you use the search function under the map to get started. Enjoy! —Christine

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  1. Howard Lovy May 17, 2007 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Hello, Foresight Folks,

    I’m surprised that the Boston Globe would be so technologically uninformed that it would mistake a Google Maps search that anybody can do for a full-fledged survey on nanotech hotbeds.

    Even if you believe the exaggeration that this is any kind of real survey, it is far from the first. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to be the news editor for Small Times Magazine, where we actually did the first-ever rankings of nanotechnology hotbeds.

    More here:

  2. Phillip Huggan May 17, 2007 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Really minor quibble, but for the purposes of cluster theory the Metro area is defined is an area of shared commuters in suburbia. That is, a person working in SJ would have no problem taking another position in Anahiem, but the wife and kids would have a fit if the new job was in Dallas.
    When I used the Nanovip database in 2005 to try to get a feel of where the “nanoclusters” were in the world, the Bay area came out in front by far in the US. Followed by Boston and suburbs, then the LA region, then Chicago, and finally New York as I saw fit to include ventures and angels.

    I don’t know the highways of the region, but is there any difference from a commuter perspective whether you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic on the way home from Oakland versus San Franscisco?
    I once commuted home to Burnaby BC by vehicle from Richmond, and also by bus-monorail from elsewhere in Burnaby. The 15 minute difference in rush hour wouldn’t be enough for me to label them separate employer locations on a national map.

  3. […] The Foresight Nanotech Institute blog recently posted about a map using Google’s API that the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies put up. The map clearly shows a concentration in the Silicon Valley and Massachusetts areas, but it also reveals that nanotech is not going to exist solely in those areas. […]

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