Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Nanotech News

Unsurprisingly, the Nanotech Summit has seeded a small flurry of nanonews.

The biggest is that a Texas firm, Zyvex Corp., is spinning off it's nanomaterials division into a separate firm to be located in Ohio. They are choosing Ohio because of the resident expertise in polymers. According to General Manager Thomas Hughes:

    'Every year we try to recruit polymer engineers, and it seems like all the applications come from Ohio. Sometimes we weren't able to attract those people to Texas. Also, most our suppliers are in Ohio,' Hughes said.
As it happens, I was at Hughes' table for lunch yesterday and overheard him getting the interview request from event staff. I didn't realize what was happening at the time or I might have tried a question or two, despite the aura of general unfriendliness radiated by Team Zyvex.

In addition, the State Development Department hooked announcements of some new nano-oriented grants to the Summit.

Also, the ABJ published a pretty by-the-numbers Nano Summit preview and WKSU aired a story today on Your Way Home. The main takeaway is that Ohio is doing very well in nano. More on that later.