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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Nanosys, Inc.

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

Nanosys, Inc, is a rapidly growing advanced technology company, leading the burgeoning nanotechnology industry, through the development of nano-enabled systems.

These systems incorporate novel and patent-protected nanostructures that integrate functional complexity directly into each individual nanoparticle, enabling the low-cost fabrication of revolutionary high-value, high-performance applications in a broad range of industries from life and physical sciences to information technology and communications to renewable energy and defense.

These nanostructures include nanowires, nanorods, nanotetrapods and nanodots formed from all of the industrially important semiconductor materials (Group II-VI, III-V and IV) as their principal active elements. These systems exploit the fundamentally new and unique electronic, optical, magnetic, interface and integration properties associated with materials on the nanometer-scale.

The initial applications include exquisitely sensitive chemical and biological sensors, high performance large area macroelectronics and lightweight high efficiency conformal photovoltaics.