Nanowire-based Devices: Technologies and Global Markets

 Published On: Nov, 2017 |    No of Pages: 140 |  Published By: BCC Research | Format: PDF
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The global market for nanowire-based devices was valued at $1.2 billion in 2016. This market will grow from nearly $1.6 billion in 2017 to around $6.0 billion by 2022 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6% for the period of 2017-2022.

Report Includes

-25 data tables and 17 additional tables
-An overview of the global markets for nanowire-based devices
-Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2015 and 2016, estimates for 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGR) through 2022
-A comprehensive review of current and emerging applications, and descriptions of various types of nanowire-based devices (e.g., metallic, semiconducting, and ceramic)
-Identification of market segments that have the highest growth based on industry growth, technological trends, and regional trends
-Information on the fabrication technologies currently used to manufacture nanowire-based devices, known technical issues, and status of development and commercialization of these devices
-Information on the leading producers of nanowire-based devices and geographical distribution of manufacturers
-Detailed company profiles of leading industry players

Chapter 1: Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives

Although the first elongated crystals, or whiskers, in nature were observed in the 1500s, synthetic nanowires were produced only after World War II, and utilization of nanowires in commercial products began even later, during the last decade of the 20th century.

Since then nanowires have been introduced in the manufacturing process of various devices that find applications in fields such as electronics, optoelectronics, energy, sensing, and healthcare.

The main goal of this report is to provide a current and detailed assessment of the market for nanowire-based devices, including an objective analysis of industry and technological trends, and prospects for future growth. In addition, an updated review of the most important advancements in nanowire fabrication technology is offered, with a focus on those processes that will contribute to market growth during the next five years.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:

-Provide an updated review of the various types of nanowire-based devices within their field of application.
-Discuss the most advanced processes and materials employed for production of nanowires.
-Highlight new technological developments during the past three years, while outlining current technical issues.
-Review existing fields of application for nanowire-based devices and examine emerging applications.
-Estimate global markets for nanowire-based devices by device category, material, and region, with growth forecasts through 2022 for each market segment.
-Identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
-Offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of nanowires and nanowire-based devices, equipment suppliers, technology developers, and future market participants.
-Provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
-Determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.

Reasons for Doing This Study

The global nanotechnology industry is currently valued at $35.2 billion and is expanding at a very healthy rate with a projected CAGR of nearly 20% through 2022. Nanostructured materials represent almost 73% of this market. Nanostructured materials include nanomaterials, nanointermediates, surface nanostructures, nanocomposites, and nanoporous materials. Among the nanomaterials, nanowires have been receiving increasing attention since the 1990s for production of devices that are not deemed possible otherwise.

A variety of processes are being adapted or specifically developed for fabrication of nanowire-based devices, with the purpose of manufacturing products with enhanced or totally new electrical, optical, sensing and energy storage properties. These products are also expected to be smaller, thinner, flexible, and lower-cost compared to existing technologies. Examples of devices based on nanowires are displays, light-emitting diodes, solar cells, batteries, and circuit devices.

The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of nanowire-based devices from both a technological and market point of view, and to outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the nanowire industry from a global standpoint. As the use of nanowires expands and new fields of application emerge, information on the suppliers and developers of nanowire-based products and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.

An equally important reason for undertaking this study is to provide technical insights into the manufacturing of nanowire-based devices by:

-Providing a review of nanowire materials, production methods, and applications.
-Identifying current technological trends.
-Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to nanowire-based devices, resulting in the issuance of patents.
-Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

Intended Audience

This study will be of primary interest to all organizations that:

-Manufacture, sell, and distribute nanowires and nanowire-based devices.
-Produce inks, films, coatings and other intermediates for fabrication of nanowire-based devices.
-Manufacture processing and characterization equipment utilized by producers of nanowire-based devices.
-Fabricate and supply electronic, optoelectronic, energy, sensors, and medical devices.
-Provide technical and/or marketing services for the nanotechnology industry.
-Are planning to enter the nanotechnology and nanowire industry as a supplier, manufacturer, service provider, or end-user.

Overall, this study applies to industry sectors such as electronics, optoelectronics, energy, sensors, and medical.

The study is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the above industry sectors. Universities and research facilities may also find this study to be a good source of technical information regarding nanowire technology, materials, and applications, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers, and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the nanowire industry.

Scope of Report

This report provides an updated review of various types of nanowire-based devices and their fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for these products.

BCC Research delineates the current market status for nanowire-based devices, defines trends, and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The nanowire-based device market is analyzed based on the following segments: device category, material, and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.

More specifically, the market analysis conducted by BCC Research for this report is divided into five sections.

In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of nanowire-based devices are provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications for nanowire-based devices are also identified and grouped according to five main categories (electronics, optoelectronics, energy, medical, and sensors and actuators).

The second section provides a technological review of nanowire-based devices. This section offers a revised and detailed description of fabrication processes for nanowire-based devices; typical materials used to produce nanowires; technological trends in device fabrication; and new and emerging fabrication methods. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2015, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field.

The third section entails a global market analysis for nanowire-based devices. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (device category, material, and region), with actual data referring to the years 2015 and 2016, and estimates for 2017.

The analysis of current revenues for nanowire-based devices is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends, based on industry growth, and industry and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for nanowire-based devices within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2017 through 2022.

In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading suppliers of nanowires and nanowire-based devices, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these firms and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.

The fifth and final section includes an analysis of recently issued U.S. patents, with a summary of patents related to nanowire-based devices, materials, fabrication methods, and applications. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, device type, and material type.

Methodology and Information Sources

To analyze the overall market and market segments, both primary and secondary research methodologies were used to obtain market data.

The technology section of this report is based on information derived from technical literature, related BCC Research reports, professional journals, the authorís field experience, and online sources.

Global market analysis was performed by a thorough investigation of manufacturers of nanowires and nanowire-based devices, providers of equipment, materials, and services for their fabrication, users of nanowire-based devices, and developers of new technologies, accounting for at least 90% of the global market. Data were obtained from the direct contribution of primary sources, including company executives, managers, engineers and other technical personnel representing manufacturers, developers, and users of nanowire-based devices and related technologies; representatives of academia and trade associations; and industry market analysts.

Additional data for each company were obtained by thoroughly analyzing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, websites, annual reports, industry directories, industry magazines and catalogs, government sources, and other public sources.

Secondary sources of information include, but are not limited to:

-U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Filings.
-U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
-European Patent Office.
-Company websites.
-Company annual reports.
-Thomas Register.
-Moodyís Directory.
-S & P Industry Survey.
-Dun & Bradstreet Business Directory.
-Foreign Chamber of Commerce Directories.
-Foreign Stock Exchange Listings.
-American Ceramic Society Publications.
-American Chemical Society Publications.

In addition to utilizing the above primary and secondary sources, market growth trends and forecasts were compiled by gaining additional insights from relevant financial and market information, relevant BCC Research reports, and the authorís own in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the collected information.
Chapter 1: Introduction 1
Study Goals and Objectives 1
Reasons for Doing This Study 2
Intended Audience 3
Scope of Report 3
Methodology and Information Sources 4
Market Breakdown 5
Analyst's Credentials 9
Related BCC Research Reports 10

Chapter 2: Summary and Highlights 12

Chapter 3: Market and Technology Background 15
Nanowires 15
The Nanotechnology Industry 16
Milestones in the History of Nanowire-based Devices 20
Types and Applications of Nanowire-based Devices 22
Electronic Devices 23
Optoelectronic Devices 24
Energy Devices 25
Medical Devices 25
Sensors and Actuators 26

Chapter 4: Technology 28
Introduction 28
Nanowire Fabrication Technologies 28
Top-down Methods 28
Bottom-up Methods 39
Nanowire Assembly 48
Nanowire Materials 50
Latest Technological Developments, 2015 to Present 51
High-Efficiency Organic Light Emitting Diodes 51
Bionic Cochlea Based on Piezoelectric Nanowires 52
Retinal Prosthesis Based on Silicon Nanowires 52
High-efficiency Photodetector Based on Superconducting Nanowires 53
Fabrication of Metal Oxide Nanowires by Ion Implantation 54
Other Relevant R&D Activities 55

Chapter 5: Global Markets 58
Analysis Outline 58
Global Market Summary 59
Current Market Status 61
Market by Device Category 61
Market by Material 63
Market by Region 64
Market Growth Trends 66
Industry Growth 66
Industry Trends 87
Regional Trends 89
Market Forecast 90
Market by Device Category 90
Market by Material 92
Market by Region 93

Chapter 6: Global Industry Structure 96
Leading Manufacturers of Nanowire Products 96
Other Industry Players 103
Company Profiles 106

Chapter 7: Patent Analysis 120
Introduction 120
Summary of Recently Awarded Patents 120
General Trends 136
Trends by Country and Region 137
Trend by Assignee 139
Trends by Patent Category 144
Trends by Device Type 145
Trends by Nanowire Material Type 147
About BCC Research 150
About BCC Research 151
BCC Membership 151
BCC Custom Research 151

List of Tables

Summary Table: Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Category, Through 2022 ($ Millions) .. 13
Table 1 Characteristics of Nanofibers, Nanorods, Nanoribbons, and Nanowires 16
Table 2 The Nanotechnology Industry, 2017 17
Table 3 Global Market for Nanotechnology, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 19
Table 4 Technological Milestones for Nanowire-based Devices 21
Table 5 Types of Nanowire-based Devices 23
Table 6 Thin-film Coating Technologies, 2017 30
Table 7 Lithographic Methods, 2017 38
Table 8 High-throughput Electrospinning Processes, 2017 47
Table 9 Nanowire Alignment Methods 48
Table 10 Nanowire Materials 50
Table 11 Other Relevant R&D Activities 55
Table 12 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Millions) 60
Table 13 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Category, Through 2017 ($ Millions) 62
Table 14 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Material, Through 2017 ($ Millions) 63
Table 15 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Region, Through 2017 ($ Millions) 65
Table 16 Global Market for Semiconductors, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 66
Table 17 Global Market for MEMS and NEMS, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 68
Table 18 Global Market for Displays, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 70
Table 19 Global Market for Light-emitting Diodes, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 72
Table 20 Global Market for Lasers, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 73
Table 21 Global Market for Optical Fibers, Through 2022 ($ Millions/Millions km) 75
Table 22 Global Production of Photovoltaic Modules, by Type, Through 2022 (GW) 76
Table 23 Global Market for Batteries, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 78
Table 24 Global Market for Supercapacitors, by Application, Through 2022 ($ Millions) 80
Table 25 Global Market for Implantable Devices, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 82
Table 26 Global Market for Implantable Devices, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 84
Table 27 Global Market for Sensors, by Type, Through 2022 ($ Billions) 86
Table 28 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Category, Through 2022 ($ Millions) 91
Table 29 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Material, Through 2022 ($ Millions) 92
Table 30 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Region, Through 2022 ($ Millions) 94
Table 31 Leading Manufacturers of Nanowire Products, 2017 96
Table 32 Leading Manufacturers by Product Type 99
Table 33 Leading Manufacturers of Nanowire Products, by Type and Region (Number) 102
Table 34 Other Industry Players 103
Table 35 U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, 2017 120
Table 36 U.S. Patent Trends for Nanowire-based Devices, 2015- 2017 (Number) 136
Table 37 Assignees of U.S. Patents Related to Nanowire-based Devices (Number) 141

List of Figures

Summary Figure: Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Category, 2015-2022 ($ Millions) 13
Figure 1 Global Market Share for Nanotechnology, by Type, 2022 (%) 19
Figure 2 Nanowire-based Devices: Worldwide Patent Applications and Patent Issued, 1990-2016 (Number) 22
Figure 3 Basic Construction Steps of Nanowire-based Devices, by Top-Down Methods 29
Figure 4 Bottom-up Fabrication Methods for Nanowire-based Devices 40
Figure 5 Global Market for Nanowire-based Devices, by Type, 2015-2022 ($ Millions) 60
Figure 6 Global Market Share for Nanowire-based Devices, by Category, 2017 (%) 62
Figure 7 Global Market Share for Nanowire-based Devices, by Material, 2017 (%) 64
Figure 8 Global Market Share for Nanowire-based Devices, by Region, 2017 (%) 65
Figure 9 Global Market Share for Semiconductors, by Region, 2022 (%) 67
Figure 10 Global Market Share for MEMS and NEMS, by Type, 2022 (%) 69
Figure 11 Global Market Share for Displays, by Type, 2022 (%) 70
Figure 12 Global Market Share for Light-emitting Diodes, by Type, 2022 (%) 72
Figure 13 Global Market Share for Lasers, by Type, 2022 (%) 74
Figure 14 Global Production Share for Photovoltaic Modules, by Type, 2022 (%) 77
Figure 15 Global Market Share for Batteries, by Type, 2022 (%) 78
Figure 16 Global Market Share for Supercapacitors, by Application, 2022 (%) 81
Figure 17 Global Market Share for Implantable Devices, by Region, 2022 (%) 83
Figure 18 Global Market Share for Implantable Devices, by Type, 2022 (%) 85
Figure 19 Global Market Share for Sensors, by Type, 2022 (%) 86
Figure 20 Global Market Share for Nanowire-based Devices, by Category, 2022 (%) 91
Figure 21 Global Market Share for Nanowire-based Devices, by Material, 2022 (%) 93
Figure 22 Global Market Share for Nanowire-based Devices, by Region, 2022 (%) 94
Figure 23 Regional Distribution of Leading Suppliers, by Product Type (Number) 103
Figure 24 U.S. Patent Trends for Nanowire-based Devices, 2015-2017 (Number) 137
Figure 25 Share of U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, by Region (Number/%) 138
Figure 26 Share of U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, by Country (Number/%) 139
Figure 27 Share of U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, by Organization Type (Number/%) 143
Figure 28 Share of U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, by Patent Category (Number/%) 144
Figure 29 Share of U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, by Type (Number/%) 147
Figure 30 Share of U.S. Patents for Nanowire-based Devices, by Material, 2017 (Number/%) 149

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