Growing interest in the physics of nanostructures to drive demand for thin films Global Industry Analysts, Inc. invites senior industry executives, domain experts, technologists and market strategists to participate in a comprehensive global research initiative studying the “Thin Films” markets. The study will examine key drivers and trends impacting the market such as growing interest in understanding atomistic properties of materials to discover newer ways to improve material performance; developments in thin film deposition technologies; innovation in material synthesis, processing, and computation; ever increasing performance requirements of optoelectronic components, semiconductor circuits, electric contacts, and coatings and the ensuing increased focus on advanced material research and nanotechnology; and expanding application areas such as in photovoltaics. Defined as microscopic layers of material deposited onto metal, ceramic or plastic substrates, Thin Films are expected to witness strong demand in the integrated circuit industry. A technologically effervescent area of physics, thin films represents a branch of material science that marks the convergence of physics, electronic engineering, material science and metallurgy. Measuring less than one micron thick, thin films play an important role in the development of next generation semiconductor devices. Key application areas of thin films include communication, coating, microelectronics, optical electronics, and renewable energy generation systems, among others. The market is expected to benefit from the ever growing demand for smaller, miniaturized electronic devices with energy efficient high-speed computing performance. In this regard, thin film materials with new elemental composition, superconductivity, superior mechanical and dielectric strength, are poised to score the highest gains. The growing focus on renewable energy against a backdrop of depleting fossil fuels and global warming, is forecast to drive demand for thin-film solar cell (TFSC), in turn benefitting the market for thin films. The continuous need to enhance the performance of medical devices will additionally generate demand for thin film coatings for medical equipment. The market is also forecast to witness the evolution of the new concept of growing thin films onto substrates as against the conventional deposition techniques. The trend of growing thin films is forecast to open up new growth avenues. Research is currently underway to explore methods to grow thin films of germanium crystals, the fruition of which can result in thin films replacing silicon in semiconductors. In the medium term however, growth in the market will largely benefit from advancements in deposition processes, improvements in surface characterization, and developments in nanomaterials, optical materials, organic thin films, magnetic thin films, and nano-metal oxide thin films, among others. The study estimates Thin Films to be a multi-million dollar market worldwide, while more precise market-size and growth projections for a 14-year period will be made available during the 2nd stage of report preparation, and data analysis. The research and analyses will be released shortly in the form of a comprehensive research report. The report by design, will attempt to provide exhaustive analysis, data, trends, market share, market size, statistics, forecasts and competitive intelligence. The report is modeled to offer precise and unbiased, actionable market insights including in-depth segmentation of market sub-sectors, demand estimates and projections and analysis of trends in each of the sectors, identification of leading players, and the competitive structure, among others. Developed for Chip Designers, Fabricators, Manufacturers, Strategic Planners, Business Development Executives, Management Consultants, Investment Bankers, Consulting Firms, Marketing & Sales Executives, C-Level Decision Makers, Market Strategists and Technology Domain Experts, the report helps identify the biggest opportunities in this space and offers accurate latent demand forecasting that empowers quantitative decision making among existing market players and new entrants.