N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2005--For most of
us, a foldable, millimeter-thick television or a car
that can repair its own dents seems like a scene from
a science-fiction film - but not for Dr. Bing Zhou,
who specializes in research and development of nanotechnology
at Headwaters NanoKinetix. Thanks to Dr. Zhou, these
far-out technologies may be closer than we think.
Dr. Zhou, who has been working in nanotechnology for
15 years, has developed a new process of chemical
production at the nano-scale - billionths of a meter.
His unique process controls and maintains the size,
composition, structure and stability of nano-scale
materials that are environmentally friendly and economically
attractive - two terms not often found together -
as well as generations ahead of current technology.
It is this process that will allow vast improvements
Imagine a personal
wristwatch capable of instantly reporting your cholesterol
and insulin levels and other vital signs (through
a skin-contact nano-device) and providing early detection
of cancer and heart disease. Imagine purer drugs with
fewer side effects and faster, more efficient delivery
within the body. And these are only a few of the advancements
in what may eventually be dubbed the "nanotechnology
of this technology to any product will have a dramatic
effect on the way people live their lives," says
Dr. Zhou. "Like the advent of the jet engine
and the Internet, this will revolutionize the way
Yet another unique
characteristic separates Headwaters NanoKinetix and
its lead scientist from other nanotechnology companies
- Dr. Zhou's process can be tailored for large-scale
Also, existing methods
of nanotechnology application are very expensive.
"You are talking about $1000 per gram (of product),"
says Zhou, "but my process, applied on a mass-production-scale
would bring the cost down to more like 1 cent per
gram." As a result, average people will be able
to afford the self-repairing cars and foldable, paper-thin
televisions in the future.
"When I began
researching in this field in the early 1990's, there
wasn't even really a name for it," says Zhou.
"Anyone working with molecules was, by definition,
working at the nano-scale...People like me working
at the atomic level were becoming promoters and champions
of nanotechnology, though no one exactly recognized
it at the time."
We may not recognize
it right now but thanks to Dr. Zhou, people will soon
benefit from his work in many aspects of their daily
Dale Didion, 202-544-5430