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Home > Nanotechnology Columns > Piedmont Triad Partnership > Triad innovator's successful Ohio Buckypaper Initiative Announces Aggressive Pricing

Dixon Johnston
EVP
Piedmont Triad North Carolina

Abstract:
In the spring of 2009, NanoTechLabs Inc. teamed with the National Composite Center to create a new division, Buckeye Composites, to make continuous Buckypapers. Based on market success and efficiency in production, Buckeye announced it has reduced the price of its buckypaper product, BuckyShield™, to approximately $75/sq. ft.

May 29th, 2010

Triad innovator's successful Ohio Buckypaper Initiative Announces Aggressive Pricing

A year after founding, Buckeye Composites (Dayton, OH, USA), a division of NanoTechLabs Inc., of Yadkinville, NCannounced on May 28th that it has reduced the price of its buckypaper product, BuckyShield™, to approximately $75/sq. ft.

In the spring of 2009, NTL teamed with the National Composite Center to create a new division, Buckeye Composites, to construct and install a 12-inch/305-mm-wide continuous line. According to Ravine, the buckypaper process is very scaleable and the company has plans to scale to a 52-inch/1,321-mm-wide continuous process. Buckeye Composites has hired chemical engineers from the University of Dayton and chemical engineering co-op students participating in the University of Dayton's Cooperative Education Program and the Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program. Buckeye Composites is also tapping local resources through NCC's business incubation program.

Jessica Ravine, Ohio Division president of Buckeye Composites said, "In addition to the technology support, the opportunity to interact with NCC's network of composite industry experts facilitates end-user collaboration that is critical to our product development success," Ravine said.

Buckeye Composites, housed in the National Composite Center (NCC, Dayton, Ohio, USA) focuses on the commercialization, scale-up and production of nano-carbon composites that use buckypaper.

BuckyShield™ is robust enough to withstand traditional handling during composite layup.


Buckypaper contains carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or other carbon nanomaterial in a membrane or paper-like format and is the core technology of Buckeye. The ability to integrate CNTs into composite structures with buckypaper allows manufacturers to access the performance properties of CNTs using existing production processes. "One of the benefits of our buckypaper process is its versatility," said Ravine. "We can use a variety of carbon nanomaterials including CNTs, carbon nanofibers [CNFs], and nanoscale graphene platelets. We can also incorporate binders during the paper-making process or as a post-production step through collaboration with prepregging industry." Buckeye Composites targets electrical property enhancements of composites for aerospace applications while reducing the weight and manufacturing costs relative to existing metallic solutions.

Buckeye Composites produces the buckypaper in continuous rolls 12 inches wide by up to 345 linear feet with tailorable areal weight and thickness; standard products range from 20 gsm to 60 gsm and offer surface electrical resistivities as low as 0.5 ohms per square. "The price of $75/ sq. ft. represents a significant price reduction from several hundreds of dollars per square foot only a year ago," stated Ravine.
Buckeye Composites’ 12” wide Continuous BuckyShield™


About NanoTechLabs:

NanoTechLabs Inc. (NTL) (Yadkinville, NC, USA), Buckeye Composites' parent company, produces multi-walled (MWNTS), double walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTS) and other specialty nanomaterials such as boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTS). NTL's materials are incorporated into polymer matrices for the electromagnetic interference shielding (EMI) market. NTL has experience in blending nanomaterials into a broad range of polymers such as epoxies, thermosets, thermoplastics, and elastomers.


Contacts:

Jessica Ravine
Division President
Buckeye Composites
2000 Composite Dr.
Kettering, OH 45420
Office (937) 297-9518
Cell (937) 829-4203
Fax (937) 297-9440

http://www.buckeyecomposites.com

Richard Czerw, Ph.D.
CEO
NanoTechLabs Inc. Tel: 336.849.7474
409 W. Maple St. Fax: 336.849.7448
Yadkinville, NC 27055 Cell: 336.403.7762
Email:
Web: http://www.nanotechlabs.com


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