IntroductionNanotechnology is about the manipulation of matter at the nanoscale. Few technologies have created so much hype and attracted so much funding globally as nanotechnology has over the last 5–10 years. There is a global race to take the lead in what many expect to be the next industrial revolution. Like ICT and biotechnology, nanotechnology is a general purpose technology that is expected to have pervasive effects on the economy. Just how strong the impact will be and where it will affect industry and society most, it is still very difficult to say. The visions and hype are considerable, but the technology is still at an early stage of development and commercialization has only just begun.
The construction sector was among the first to be identified as a promising application area for nanotechnology back in the beginning of the 1990s. But today we see that the construction industry is falling behind other sectors in applying nanotechnology.
- NBM&CW November 2010