Industrial Nano processes nano materials for a wide variety of applications and end uses. Customers include large multinational product companies looking to incorporate nano functionality in their products as well as smaller, niche product companies and even nano material producers. Basically, anyone needing to put nano-scale powders into a fluid as part of their production process can be an Industrial Nano customer. The following are examples of some application areas.
Carbon Nanotubes in Resins
The wetting out, dispersion and unbundling of single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) directly into resins is a major market for Industrial Nano, as these mixtures can be used in many products. The addition of even small percentages of CNTs can increase the strength, flexibility, toughness, conductivity and other properties of coatings, fibres and mouldings. If the resin is a liquid polymer or polymer pre-cursor, it is also possible to include CNTs directly in plastic products.
Carbon Nanotubes and Graphenes in Thermoplastics
Industrial Nano’s two-step process for hard thermoplastics allows CNTs to be dispersed into hard plastic pellets of PVC, PE, PP, Polystyrene, Nylon, Acrylic and ABS. The CNTs or graphene particles are initially dispersed into a compatible process fluid before blending with the molten and extruded plastic pellets. Careful control of the output extrusion can provide either homogeneous or heterogeneous material properties and the output can be pelletised for easy use in the customer’s process.
Nano Pigments in Coatings
Inorganic pigments such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are being added as nano-scale powders to coating resins for scratch resistance and UV protection. Industrial Nano can disperse these materials at high volumes with tight particle size control for excellent surface finish and optical clarity.
Conductive and high performance inks
Exceptional levels of colour intensity, conductivity and other features are possible when nano materials are used in inks. Effective dispersion to create particle size uniformity is critical to this performance and Industrial Nano’s process offers very tight particle size distributions for a wide range of materials. Most dispersions are performed in a base oil which can either be at final concentration or made up as a masterbatch for subsequent dilution.
Packaging and Oxygen Barrier Films
The use of inorganic platelets and other nano structures in polymer films is of increasing interest to the packaging industry. By dispersing and aligning the particles correctly, highly tortuous gas barrier properties can be introduced into films for improving shelf life, creating shelf-life indicators and enabling a range of other intelligent packaging options.
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