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The McDermott Will & Emery Nanotechnology Group has released a compilation of the 2013 global nanotechnology trends in research, technology, and industry.

Click on image to enlarge. Credit: McDermott Will & Emery Nanotechnology Group

Click on image to enlarge. Credit: McDermott Will & Emery Nanotechnology Group

The energy sector appeared to be the sector with the greatest growth, with an increase in nanotechnology patent literature of 8 percent with energy storage, photovoltaics, and petroleum exploration emerging as the top three areas of focus, according to the research. Energy was also the fastest-growing sector for graphitic carbon-based nanotechnology innovation, with an 18 percent increase. Energy storage dominated the energy category.

Globally, approximately 54 percent of the nanotechnology patent literature published in 2013 was assigned to U.S.-based entities, followed by South Korea at 8.3 percent, Japan at 8 percent and Germany at 5.8 percent, the report revealed.

The number of U.S. patents issued in nanotechnology was more than 6,000 in 2013 for an increase 17 percent over 2012. The total volume of published nanotechnology patent literature has increased by 5 percent, more than tripling since 2003.

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