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Professor Reshef Tenne Named 2005 MRS Medalist
Ness Ziona, Israel | Posted on December 06, 2005
ApNano Materials, Inc. (www.apnano.com), a provider of nanotechnology-based products, today announced that its Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Reshef Tenne, was awarded the prestigious Materials Research Society (MRS) medal "for realizing that nanoclusters of layered compound materials (e.g., MoS2, WS2) can be made to fold into hollow cage structures, in analogy to graphitic carbon. These structures, known as 'inorganic fullerenes,' constitute a materials class with exciting new properties.”
The MRS Medal is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement which has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.
Prof. Reshef Tenne is the Head of the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and Director of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Sciences, director of the G.M.J. Schmidt Minerva Center for Supramolecular Architectures and holds the Drake Family Chair in Nanotechnology.
ApNano Materials was granted an exclusive license by Yeda Research and Development Co. Ltd, the commercial arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science, to manufacture, commercialize and sell a new class of nanomaterials based on the inorganic compounds that were discovered by the group headed by Prof. Tenne. Dr. Menachem Genut, ApNano Materials' CEO was a research fellow in the original research group which discovered the IF nanoparticles at the Weizmann Institute and first to synthesize the new material.
"It's a great honor for me to receive the MRS medal and to join such a distinguished list of awardees," said Prof. Tenne. "This is a recognition of my colleagues and team members. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to materials science."
"It's a great honor to ApNano Materials that Professor Reshef Tenne our chief scientific advisor received the MRS medal," said Dr. Menachem Genut, CEO of ApNano Materials and a member of the original team that discovered these new nanomaterials. "Our first commercial material based on the inorganic fullerenes that we have discovered at the Weizmann Institute is NanoLub – the world's first nanotechnology-based solid lubricant. It reduces friction and wear significantly better than conventional lubricants, especially under extreme conditions such as very high loads. NanoLub is used as an additive to oils and greases, formulated as an anti-friction coating, and used for the impregnation of metal parts."
"The scientific breakthrough of Prof. Tenne and his group has attracted the interest of investors who have invested in ApNano Materials as a company which is the forefront of nanotechnology," said Aharon Feuerstein, ApNano Materials’ Chairman of the Board.
Recently ApNano's nanoparticles were recognized as excellent shock absorbing materials and among the most impact resistant substances known in the world today. The experiments on the IF nanomaterials were carried out by a research group headed by Prof. Yan Qiu Zhu of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, at the University of Nottingham, England.
ApNano Materials has also been selected as a Top 100 Innovator by Red Herring.
The special properties of the IF nanostructures have attracted numerous interest from industry around the world. To date large quantity production of the IF has been achieved by the company at its facility in the Weizmann Science Park, Nes Ziona, Israel and work is underway for a scaled-up semi-commercial unit to product 100-200 kg/day which will be followed by a full industrial production facility to produce tons of material per day.
About ApNano Materials:
ApNano Materials is a private nanotechnology company founded in 2002 by Dr. Menachem Genut, President and CEO and Mr Aharon Feuerstein, Chairman and CFO. ApNano Materials was incorporated in the US and is headquartered in New York, USA. Its fully-owned Israeli subsidiary - NanoMaterials, Ltd., is located in the high tech science park adjacent to the Weizmann Institute campus in Ness Ziona, Israel. The company was granted an exclusive license by Yeda Research and Development Co. Ltd, the commercial arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, to manufacture, commercialize and sell a new class of nanomaterials based on inorganic compounds that were discovered at the Institute. The shareholders of ApNano Materials, besides the founders, are Newton Technology VC Fund, Yeda Research and Development Co. LTD. (the commercial arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science), AYYT Technological Applications and Date Update LTD. (the commercial arm of Holon Academic Institute of Technology, Israel), and private European investors.
NanoLub, a green, environmentally friendly material, is a trademark of ApNano Materials, Inc.
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