OCSiAl, an international technology firm headquartered in Luxembourg with manufacturing operations in Novosibirsk, Russia, on May 12 unveiled a technology for the production of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), which is said to enable large-scale, commercial production of SWCNT for the first time.
Estimated production of the SWCNTs is 1 tonne for the first year, which doubles current global production levels according to different estimates. Potential annual capacity of OCSiAl production is 10 tonnes. OCSiAl says its manufacturing method is easily scalable and capable of producing an unlimited quantity of SWCNTs 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.
Zyvex Technologies (Columbus, Ohio, USA) has already begun integrating OCSiAl nanomaterials into its products. “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,” says Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Technologies.
The SWCNTs will be sold under the brand name TUBALL, reportedly 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 percent, the company says. Numerous laboratory and industrial tests reportedly have proved TUBALL’s ability to serve as a universal additive, enhancing mechanical strength and thermal and electrical conductivity of materials, such as composites, polymers, rubbers, metals, batteries, transparent conductive films and other products. TUBALL is used in loadings, by weight, of 0.001 to 0.1 percent.
Koropachinskiy says, “The unique combination of technical properties makes TUBALL a sort of high-tech panacea that can drastically improve any known material’s properties even if added in very low quantities."
Free samples of TUBALL can be ordered now and shipped from OCSiAl stockhouses in Europe, Asia and the USA. The commercial price for TUBALL starts from $2,000/kg.