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Nanocomp Technologies produces 3-ft by 6-ft sheets of carbon nanotube material

Nanocomp Technologies has successfully produced the largest sheets of carbon nanotube material ever produced.

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Posted on: 2/26/2008
Source: CompositesWorld

Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. (Concord, N.H.) announced it has successfully produced 3-foot by 6-foot sheets of carbon nanotube material. This significant production milestone, the result of the company's ongoing investment in nanotube growth technology and manufacturing capacity, gives Nanocomp the ability to generate the largest cohesive sheets of nanotube material ever produced.

At the core of Nanocomp's process is a breakthrough technology for continuous, high-volume output of millimeter-long, highly pure carbon nanotubes that efficiently conduct both heat and electricity. By bringing this technology to practice using proven, scalable industrial processes, Nanocomp can now produce sheets of material at contiguous sizes of tens of square feet.

Nanocomp's materials possess a unique combination of high strength-to-weight ratio, electrical and thermal conductivity, as well as flame resistance that exceeds those of many other advanced materials by orders of magnitude. The resulting material can be a valuable addition to such applications such as electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, electrical conductors, thermal dissipation solutions, lightning protection and advanced structural composites.

In contrast to Nanocomp's millimeter-long nanotubes, other carbon nanotubes are short-tens of microns long-and are usually delivered in powder form. Short nanotubes have limited industrial use because they are difficult to incorporate into existing manufacturing processes and do not possess the high performance properties of long carbon nanotubes.

"Nanocomp Technologies has made the crucial growth step moving from research to production with the implementation of aggressively scaled up operations to allow production of the world's largest sheets of carbon nanotube material,"said Peter Antoinette, president and CEO of Nanocomp.

Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. (NCTI) was formed in 2004 to leverage its proprietary and fundamental advancements in the production of long carbon nanotubes as well as a unique ability to fabricate them into physically strong, lightweight and electro-thermally conductive yarns and nonwoven sheets. The company's objective is to develop products with performance benefits that would create a new generation of advanced structural materials and electro-thermal devices. It has eight patents pending.

Information: www.nanocomptech.com

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