Turkey acknowledges the future prospects of nanotechnology and is taking more steps to become competitive in this sector. For this reason, the Science Centers Foundation was established. The Foundation offers various workshops and projects for young people to create public interest in the sector.
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) included nanotechnology development into its 2023 Vision Program. Equally important, some of the leading universities in Turkey has created nanotechnology centres that research the scope of this sector in Turkey. In general, there are 8 university and college research labs in Turkey with a nanotechnology focus.
For example, Bilkent University has established The International Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM) that strongly focuses on developing the sector in Turkey. The centre was awarded 28 million Turkish Lira from the National Planning Organisation (DPT) in order to purchase the latest nanotechnology equipment and machinery.
Moreover, The Sabanci University organises Nano-TR conferences every 4 years at the Sabanci Center. At Pamukkale University, a product that makes cotton fabrics clean themselves in sunlight without detergent and water has been developed using nanotechnology. Yildiz Technical University and Gediz University also have research projects in the field of nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology companies in Turkey
In total, there are 6 companies in Turkey with a nanotechnology focus.
Entekno Materials was founded in 2008 in Eskişehir Technology Development Region. The Mission of the company is to develop and produce advanced materials and /or technologies and to realize the usage of these materials into real applications.
The company is a producer of inorganic powders and cosmetics additives. Entekno is able to synthesize nano-sized oxide powders including tin dioxide, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and more with controlled chemistry and morphology.
Katlav Nanotechnology is a Research focused, scientific nanomaterials producer and supply company. Katlav develops scientific methods to evaluate the unique properties of nanomaterials and highly complex functional nanostructures.
Katlav company is producing high quality graphene derivatives and complex functional nanostructures depending upon customer’s requirement and also collaborating with a large number of Nanotechnology Research Institutes. They develop a wide range of functional nanostructures for conductive inks, supercapacitors, polymer nanocomposites and functional nano electronic systems.
The company produces high-quality graphene and prepares graphene prototypes for several fields such as energy, aerospace, automotive, construction by reducing the manufacturing costs effectively.
NANOGRAFI Co. Inc. was established in 2011 as a Nanotechnology company in order to produce critical nanomaterials such as Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) and Graphene and create a local market on these materials. After the successful production of various types of CNTs, they started to study the applications of different nanomaterials including nanotubes, metal oxides, carbides, clay nanoparticles and many others in projects funded by local funding agencies and European Union.
Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine Companies
Nanotechnology Products, Applications & Instruments Companies
The company manufactures nanofiber production equipment. After starting its activities in 2007 under the Nanofiber Membrane Group (NanoFMG), Inovenso was fully established as a company in 2010. Its name is an acronym of “Innovative Engineering Solutions”.The company offer a wide range of electrospinning machine options in three main categories; Laboratory Scale, Semi-Industrial and Industrial Scale Nanofiber production machines. They manufacture needle-based, hybrid,single-nozzle and multi-nozzle electrospinning devices and their accessories.
The company developed a Benchtop Scanning Electron Microscopes that is the size of an old computer. This device doesn’t require any maintenance and is very easily installed and is able to speed up the research in the field of nanotechnology. It enables researchers to take high-quality images at very high magnification in less than 5 minutes.
Artekya is a successful Turkish nanotechnology company that expanded to the Czech Republic more than two years ago. The company was founded in 2005 by the 3 passionate entrepreneurs who were part of a nanotechnology research group at the Istanbul Technical University. Since then, Artekya has been developing nanotechnology handling products under its brand name Nasiol. The company’s products consist of different liquid chemical nanocoatings surface for materials such as glass, metal, textile, ceramics, and woods using nanotechnology.
In 2018, with the assistance of Yeye Agency, Artekya had successfully expanded its business to Czechia and started its operation on the European market.
Today, Artekya is successfully running its business in the Czech Republic and sells its products to many countries around the world. Read more here.
In conclusion, the nanotechnology industry in Turkey is a relatively less explored sector and is open to both local and international producers and importers.
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