I haven’t heard anything significant on nanotechnology lately. Neither in the news nor in publications. Probably because there have been so many other topics to be discussed. Remember the times when TV programs or consumer magazines reported on nanoparticles in suntan lotion or cosmetics? We learned that due to negative public opinion towards nanotechnology, companies stopped or reduced research and development in this area, or changed obvious brand names, thereby omitting the word "nano”.
Recently I prepared a conference program dealing with the topic "additives for modern coatings”. I talked to different experts from additive producing companies. Some told me that multi-functional additives are a clear trend, others reported that their customers don´t want these kind of additives. Those customers rather want freedom and flexibility.