Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials
Following the decades of tradition in chemistry, electronics, textiles, or material science, the Czech Republic transformed its economy to become one of the leaders in applied nanotechnology. Being global supplier in nanofiber production devices, electron microscopes, or monocrystalline materials, also innovative solutions in nanomedicine and new types of batteries are able to find their way to the market today. Growing number of students and high-quality R&D infrastructure support new developments in the industry.
Beginning in 1950s with the first breakthroughs in the microscopy field, the country became a global hub later on. R&D skills and abilities of the workforce convinced FEI Company (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) to open the largest microscope factory in the world in the Czech Republic in 2014.
Breakthrough in the production of nanofibers came in 2003 at Technical University of Liberec and the whole nanofiber supply chain appeared thanks to a high-yield, reliable production technology commercialized from the Czech R&D background.
Not only could they come up with innovative nanofiber products (e.g. water & air treatment, functional textiles, bedding), other applications using nanostructures or nanoparticles offer the highest standard of anti-counterfeiting protection, air purification respectively.
- 1/3 of global production of electron microscopes comes from the Czech Republic
- first reliable method to spin 200 nm nanofibers was developed in the Czech Republic
- establishing a nanotechnology R&D center costs about 40% compared to USA or Germany
- modern, highly specialized R&D facilities (CEITEC, CxI TUL, ELI Beamlines, HiLASE, RCATM)
- industrial cluster introducing unique technologies
- strong academia & industry cooperation
Source: CzechInvest, 2017