Israel established itself as a powerhouse both for basic and multidisciplinary scientific research. With the creation of six nanotechnology centers in Academia -- each focused on specific disciplines and styles of research -- Israel sets the global pace for nanoresearch in:
Nanostructures, solid nanomaterials and nanochemistry
Israel ranks first in the world for publication citations in fields
related to these disciplines, according to the Philadelphia-based Institute for
Science Information (ISI). The ISI citation index shows that publications from
Israeli researchers are among the top five cited in the fields of material
sciences, molecular biology and chemistry.
Biology, biotech engineering, applied biosciences and medicine
Of all nano-related disciplines, current research in this area is increasingly
likely to be commercialized and marketed. This is due to Israel's continuing
success in the life sciences and biotech applications. These markets are second
only to communications in attracting equity and venture funding for Israeli
Nanobiotech capacity benefits greatly from Israel's leadership in
multi-disciplinary research. Nanobiotech applications combine such diverse
fields as molecular biology, genetics, chemistry, electronics and materials
science — areas dominated by Israeli research.
Electronics and photonics
Over 80 percent of Israel's nanotech researchers are engaged
in disciplines that contribute to nanoelectronics. Electronics and
photonics are historically among Israel's strongest fundamental research areas.
Nanomembranes, nanofiltration and other nanotechnologies used in water remediation
Israel is strong in filtration and membrane research with a national research capacity exceeding many larger nations. Recent developments in global clean water markets have prompted several new initiatives that combine Israel's agricultural and industrial water treatment expertise with academic research experience in nanotechnology.
The INNI nanotech R&D survey identifies over 120 Israeli firms engaged in developing nanotech-related products, where most of these companies are startups with core missions devoted entirely to nano-enabled or nano-enabling products.
Not surprisingly, the industry sectors most strongly represented by Israeli nanotech companies are the same disciplines being researched in Israeli academic institutions.