Nanomaterials: The Promise/Reality Gap
For twenty years, nanotechnology’s promise has exceeded its reality. In spite of billions invested in nanomaterials research, no life-changing nano products have made their way to market. The fundamental reason for this shortfall is that the potentially incredible properties of nanomaterials are not being realized because of an inherent characteristic—they have proven to be insoluble; they aggregate in clumps and bundles. This tendency to aggregate dramatically compromises the super performance potential of these materials–potential that is largely dependent upon surface area.
Historically, in addition to the underperformance of nanomaterials, they have also been expensive to produce and apply. It is this combination of less than optimum performance with high application cost that has so dramatically limited their use.
Xolve: Fixing the price/performance problem
Xolve technology now addresses both of these fundamental problems: performance and price. The Company’s platform discovery has the capability of actually dissolving nanoparticles in stable solutions. This capability correctly prepares nanomaterials to better achieve actual performance close to projected performance limits. Xolve’s base technology also allows for the manufacture of nanomaterials, such as graphene, in a very pristine form and at the lowest cost in the industry.
Of equal importance to the primary manufacture and preparation of the nanomaterial, Xolve’s technology also makes these materials cheaper and simpler to apply. Xolve’s first commercial expression of these dual technical capabilities is in the application of its high quality, low-cost graphene to polymer composites and energy storage materials. Xolve has developed a series of tools that can take exfoliated nanomaterials and place them into or on a significant array of polymer composites, inexpensively modifying a range of attributes of those materials to improve their performance in commercial applications.
The Company is working with compounders, article manufacturers and OEM suppliers to simultaneous improve multiple composite material attributes and/or to lower the cost of materials in demanding applications areas.