News from the 2005 China International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology (China Nano 2005) held on June 9 says that by December 2004 China has had more than 800 companies engaged in trade in nano-technology and about a hundred nano-technology research institutes. More than ten projects such as for making Li cells, solar cells, textiles and environment-friendly interior paints have been commercialized.
According to academician Bai Chunli, director of the National Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, China is one of the first in the world to launch research on nanotechnology. It has had a research team of more than 3,000 people and achieved a series of innovative research results. China has become an important force in the world's nano-tech research. From January to October 2004 China topped the world in terms of SCI nano-tech papers.
China has put a total of 830 million yuan into the R&D of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The central government has started a major program on nano-materials and Microelectromechanical System (MEMS).
Experts suggest that to develop nanotechnology in the future China should first step up constructing public technological platform for nanotechnology; conform research resources, promote the crossing and merging of different disciplines and the consolidation of goals of different disciplines as well as technological integration and innovation. China should also regularize commercialization of nanotechnology through enacting nano-product standards and certificating nanotechnology so as to improve the international competitiveness of Chinese nano-tech companies.
By People's Daily Online