Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in Catalonia

In Catalonia, there are 107 companies dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology. These companies generate a turnover of €430M and employ 779 people.

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Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, a booming sector with a bright future.

In Catalonia, the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology is witnessing significant progress. With a total of 107 companies dedicated to these disciplines, the sector has already surpassed a turnover of €430 million, contributing to the creation of 779 job opportunities.

Of the 107 companies dedicated to nanotechnology or nanoscience in Catalonia, 62.6% are SMEs, 25.25% are startups, and the rest are large companies with areas dedicated to nanotechnology. In addition, 53.2% are exporting companies. 

Regarding activity, 42.9% of Catalan nanotechnology companies are dedicated to developing nanomaterials, 42% to nanobiology/nanomedicine, and 23.4% work in nanoelectronics. There are also companies in the field of nanotextiles, instrumentation, and metrology.

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But what is nanotechnology & nanotechnology exactly?

Nanotechnology covers the areas of science and engineering where phenomena taking place at nanoscale dimensions are used in the design, characterization, production, and application of materials, structures, devices, and systems. 

This disruptive technology is attracting more and more attention, especially due to its applications in the health field, where it is extremely useful in areas as relevant as disease detection. 

New applications arising out of nanotechnology also boost the creation of other technologies, thus generating significant business opportunities in its surrounding ecosystem.

“Nanotechnology's new applications are driving the development of other technologies, leading to substantial business prospects within its ecosystem.”

The global growth of companies related to nanoscience & nanotechnology is estimated at 36% per year

According to Allied Market Research, the global market value of nanoscience and nanotechnology was 1.75 billion euros in 2020, with an annual growth forecast of 36.4%. The projected total revenue is $3 billion (more than €28 billion) by 2030. 

The world’s leading nanotechnology companies are primarily from the USA and are dedicated to the chemical and electronics sectors. In the field of nanotechnology startups, the sectors showing the most growth are mainly medical imaging and biotechnology, as well as batteries and energy storage systems.

In Catalonia, two bodies doing their part to further this technology are NanoHub and GraphCAT. NanoHUB connects organizations dedicated to or related to nanotechnology to increase their capacity and competitiveness. GraphCAT, for its part, aims to establish Catalonia as an international benchmark in graphene research, development, and innovation, giving local industries a strong competitive advantage in the global marketplace by integrating proprietary graphene technologies into their products and services.

Catalan companies developing business opportunities from nanotechnology are, for example, Nanomol Technologies, which offers advanced solutions and technologies to healthcare firms to obtain high-added value products by particle design and nanoformulation

Another local company working in the health sector is Braincoin, which develops graphene implants to treat epilepsy patients. And out of the health sector, we can find companies such as Astrea Materials, which focuses on developing advanced materials for airborne pollutant abatement.

Overall, we can see that the sector is not only showing excellent results in Catalonia to date, but it also has excellent future prospects – the foundations of which are being established today in the region.

  • 107 companies

  • €430M in turnover

  • 779 employees

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