Institutions as Stepping-Stones: Rick Smalley and the Commercialization of Nanotubes
by Cyrus C. M. Mody. This case study focuses on one of the earliest company's to produce “natural” household-cleaning products, Sun & Earth, and places the company in the context of the larger phenomenon of the so-called green economy. Part of the Studies in Materials Innovation series produced by the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The Robert W. Gore Materials Innovation Project illuminates the diverse contributions of materials innovation within the broader process of technological development in the contemporary age. It documents, analyzes, and makes known the immense benefits of materials innovation through its white paper series, Studies in Materials Innovation, and public symposia. The Gore Innovation Project is made possible by the generous financial contribution of Robert W. Gore, chairman of W. L. Gore & Associates.