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Angstron Materials has been awarded $1.494 million (US) to develop processes for mass-producing chemically modified (“functionalized”) nano-graphene platelets (NGP’s).
Nano-graphene platelets are potentially useful for a variety of applications in aerospace, energy, defense, and the automotive industry. Angstron’s research is focussed on a range of areas, such as integration of NGPs in thin films or coatings for EMI shielding, electrostatic spray painting, conductive adhesives, composites and thermal management applications.
Angstron was selected for the award by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Part of NIST’s Technology Innovation Program (TIP), the award will be matched by other funding sources.
TIP selected Angstron based on its capability to accelerate development of nano grapheme. “We’ll also be able to help industries that currently need and use carbon nanotubes, but would benefit from higher performance and a lower cost,” said Dr. Bor Jang, CEO and Co-Founder of Angstron.
Angstron developed NGPs as an alternative to carbon nanotubes, which are said to often have purity issues, as well as being difficult to disperse in plastic. Angstrong’s tests have shown NGPs to have strong material properties; they say it has the highest intrinsic strength and the highest thermal conductivity of all existing materials, as well as exceptional in-plane electrical conductivity (up to ~ 20,000 S/cm)and electron mobility that is 100 times faster than silicon.
The funding will help Angstron in two main areas; developing mass production methods and establishing an in-depth understanding of the relationships between processing, shape and structure changes and performance in NGPs and NGP-containing devices or composites for both functional and load-bearing applications.
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