Angstron Materials Inc. (Dayton, Ohio, USa), a manufacturer of nano graphene platelets (NGPs), reported on Dec. 18 that it has been awarded $1.494 million to develop processes for mass-producing chemically modified (functionalized) NGPs for applications in the aerospace, energy, defense, automotive and telecommunications markets. Angstron was selected for the award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’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 graphene, an advanced material considered critical to potential growth in U.S. manufacturing. “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.
The ability to chemically functionalize these NGPs in a continuous, cost-effective manner is the next step to broad implementation of this high-performance material. “We are actively looking for partners interested in jointly developing methods to incorporate NGPs into products that require critical performance features and could provide a competitive advantage in today’s global market,” said Jang.
Angstron’s project goals under the award will focus on two primary objectives. The company will develop methods for mass-producing functionalized NGPs through the development of scalable surface treatment procedures for both pristine graphene and graphene oxide platelets. Angstron will also develop 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.