A scientist who specialises in optoelectronics has been appointed at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. <br/><br/>Giovanni Fanchini has been hired as the tier two Canada research chair in carbon-based nanomaterials and nano-optoelectronics. <br/><br/>Upon his inauguration, Mr Fanchini said that the continued demand for the miniaturisation of technologies - such as those that improve the resolution of digital cameras - will be unsustainable without the introduction of new components with smaller dimensions and characteristics than those which are currently used. <br/><br/>"Something has to give," he stated. <br/><br/>Mr Fanchini is purported to address the current challenges associated with many nanomaterials - high production costs and difficulties manipulating them, for example - by assembling nano-devices from low-cost organic materials, such as plastics. <br/><br/>This news comes after Strategy Analytics recently predicted that the market for optoelectronic components, such as transmission lasers, pump lasers and photodetectors, will grow to $3.9 billion (£2.4 billion) by 2013. <br/>!http://feeds.directnews.co.uk/feedtrack/justcopyright.gif?feedid=1785&itemid=19380728|alt=ADNFCR-1785-ID-19380728-ADNFCR|src=http://feeds.directnews.co.uk/feedtrack/justcopyright.gif?feedid=1785&itemid=19380728!