Columbus, Ohio (May 30, 2012) - The world's first molecular nanotechnology company, Zyvex Technologies, and NanoFabrix, maker of advanced nanotechnology-based surface enhancements and innovative composite material solutions, have announced a partnership to jointly develop and commercialize composite materials. Leveraging the nanotechnology scientific resources of Zyvex Technologies and its global supply chain to commercialize products with the nanoparticle processing expertise of NanoFabrix, the companies will produce custom carbon nanotube-enhanced composite materials to improve the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness of advanced composite materials. Initially the companies plan to target the aerospace market.
In addition to EMI shielding, specifically in cockpit electronics, NanoFabrix surface enhancements are currently being evaluated for aerospace applications for anti-icing and de-icing of the lift surfaces and protection against solid-particle erosion and wear of the turbojet turbine blades.
“Advanced composite materials are already being used on today's performance aircraft due to their low weight, high strength, and increased longevity,” said Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Technologies. “Inclusion of nanomaterials in the structural composites improves already favorable characteristics including safety and fuel-efficiency."
NanoFabrix surface enhancements dramatically improve upon the performance characteristics of virtually any composite material, including low-cost glass fiber composites. In fact, recent studies at the Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) validate NanoFabrix’s success with a shielding effectiveness range greater than 90dB on a glass-fiber epoxy composite, which results in significant weight reduction for an aircraft, as well as increased payload and range.
NanoFabrix has been working collboratively with research and academic institutions such as the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University, to further aid in conceptualizing, testing, and commercialization of these advanced composite materials.
The partnership between NanoFabrix and Zyvex Technologies is expected to result in multiple new products. NanoFabrix is the creator of high-performance surface enhancements and nano-particle processing technologies. These technologies make today’s composite materials behave as metals would, with electrical and heat conductivity, EMI shielding and electro-static discharge (ESD) mitigation, and solid-particle erosion performance.
Zyvex Technologies adds significant value through its Kentera™ technology, which creates chemical bonds on carbon nanotubes. ¹Historically, carbon nanotubes and graphene were inherently strong but considered difficult to use in materials because of bonding challenges. Zyvex Technologies is notable for having developed molecules that solve these dispersion problems with its Kentera technology creating a sustained and stable bond between the molecules and materials.
“This unique process allows for the creation of both stronger materials and the opportunity to take advantage of the inherent electrical properties of carbon nanotubes in ways that were previously impossible," said Andy Dickson, CEO of NanoFabrix.
In addition, Zyvex Technologies offers NanoFabrix its $40 billion supply chain to commercialize and reach the marketplace. “For the past 10 years, we have built an impressive supply chain that our partners can instantly leverage,” said Mike Nemeth, director commercial and defense applications for Zyvex Technologies.
About Zyvex Technologies:
Zyvex Technologies unlocks the power of carbon nanomaterials. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, with facilities in Texas, South Dakota, and Washington, Zyvex Technologies was the first company to bring nano-enhanced products to the marketplace. Its commercially proven technology makes products stronger, lighter, tougher and more electrically conductive. Visit zyvextech.com. On Twitter, follow @ZyvexTech.
Columbus, Ohio-based NanoFabrix engineers technologies to enhance the performance of existing advanced materials. NanoFabrix custom solutions can resolve challenges encountered in many markets, including aerospace, automotive, alternative energy, filtration, and electronics. Results are cost-effective and can dramatically reduce ongoing costs of operations. For more information on products and services, visit www.nanofabrix.com or call 614-825-0349.
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