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Nanotech investment fund launch

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, July 2012

I2BF has announced the launch of the I2BF-RNC Strategic Resources Fund, in partnership with Russian government owned Rusano Capital (RNC). The seven-year fund has a remit to invest in later-stage nanotechnology companies. The target investments, which will be international, will focus on the resource sector, water and agriculture and should have applications of value within the Russian Federation.

The partners have committed US$53m to the fund, which has a target size of US$150m. According to Ilya Golubovich, Managing Partner of I2BF Global Ventures, the nanotech market is "fast-maturing" and it is therefore important that the fund is "...now able to offer expansion capital to larger companies with proven technologies." Golubovich added that:

"The opportunities to roll out nanotech applications and also production facilities in Russia are widespread and we will be using our global footprint to channel the best technologies into this market.”

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Nanotech in Cleantech

First published in Cleantech magazine, March/April 2010. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd

By Jon Mainwaring

The mid-1980s discovery of fullerenes – molecules composed entirely of carbon that have spherical or tubular shapes – significantly expanded the variety of forms in which carbon could come, from graphite, diamond and amorphous carbon (soot and charcoal). One of those new carbon forms was a very small, hollow tube (a nanotube), which caused great excitement amongst scientists and engineers about the potential that nanotechnology can offer the world.

The nanotube is the basis of many nanotechnology innovations today, while many other very small carbon forms also play a part in nanotech applications. And while the fields of medicine, electronics and computing have already benefited greatly from nanotech-derived innovations, it seems that the science of the very small also has much to offer those seeking to develop clean technologies.

Generally, nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter at the molecular level (typically at sizes of less than 100 nanometres in at least one dimension). At these dimensions it is possible to pull off many kinds of neat tricks that are more difficult to achieve using alternative technologies.

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