Wired Science’s blog reports from the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) meeting in Santa Barbara that China has plans to leapfrog the US in nanotechnology. Research in nanotech is one of the four “science Megaprojects” that China is pushing in hopes of catching US research by 2020. This is to be accomplished through a growing investment budget, coupled with a combination of technology transfer from the West and domestic innovation.
At the meeting, one of the researchers off-handedly mentioned that the Olympic village parking lots in Beijing will have a nanopolymer coating to absorb exhaust. While the exact technology was not explained, it could refer to a pollution absorbing concrete that reduces Nitrogen Oxide emissions by inserting a Titatium dioxide into road pavement and surface coatings.