OCSiAl has unveiled a breakthrough technology for the production of single wall carbon nanotubes which for the first time will enable large scale commercial production.
Carbon nanomaterials, continue to hold the promise to usher in a new era of materials technology. Estimated production of the nanotubes is 1 tonne for the first year, which doubles current global production levels according to various estimates. Potential annual capacity of OCSiAl production is currently 10 tonnes. The company claim that this method is easily scalable and capable of producing an unlimited quantity of nanotubes at a very low cost.
The announcement of the new synthesis process was made at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining by OCSiAl spokesmen Yuri Koropachinskiy, President, and Mikhail Predtechenskiy, Chief Technology Officer and inventor of the new synthesis method. Unlike all the current technologies, OCSiAl’s production method rests on notable findings in plasma chemistry and physics, combining to produce high-performance synthesis of SWCNTs, allowing literally unlimited output and unrivalled low production costs.
The world’s first nanotechnology company, Zyvex Technologies, has already begun integrating OCSiAl nanomaterials into their products, Lance Criscuolo, President of Zyvex said;
The use of SWCNTs could open the door to fundamental change in many industries, but there has always been an invincible obstacle: SWCNTs were only available in small quantities at sky-high prices, and quality wasn’t guaranteed. OCSiAl helps make nanotechnology applicable for many companies desperate for a commercially viable materials innovation
The product will be sold under the brand name TUBALL, yielding 75% and more of top quality SWCNTs, with all impurities of catalyst particles encapsulated in carbon shells. The content of free metal particles does not exceed 1%. Numerous laboratory and industrial tests proved TUBALL’s ability to serve as a first universal additive, enhancing mechanical strength and the thermal and electrical conductivity of materials, such as composites, polymers, rubber material, metals, batteries, transparent conductive filmsand many others. Significant improvements in performance of these and other materials are observed upon the addition of 0.001%–0.1% weight of TUBALL.