Suppliers anxious to capitalize on the flurry of research on ceramic nanoparticles (CNPs) rushed to produce these materials – especially metal oxides – from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. Enticed by research that showed CNPs impart properties like anti-corrosion, anti-scratch, and anti-microbial, the number of producers ballooned through the late 2000s. Helping fuel the boom was broad market demand for nanointermediates enabled with CNPs, including coatings, cosmetics, and composites. This early success created a complex market landscape, so to provide a clearer picture, we analyzed 1,000-plus primary interviews and found that the market for CNPs is set to grow from $405 million in 2010 to $880 million in 2015, ultimately feeding a variety of nanointermediates that are slated to sell for $54 billion in 2015. Additionally, four metal oxide nanoparticles dominate CNP-based publications, patents, EHS research, VC funding, and suppliers’ product portfolios: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide, and aluminum oxide. Because many start-ups are starved for capital, those seeking to complement in-house expertise or to vertically integrate should act now to land the best deals.
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