Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Funding will help unleash commercial potential of nanomaterial technologies

Abstract:
World first from the south-east UK - NanoGrowth machine provides turnkey solution for highly bespoke nanomaterials

New funding will help unleash the commercial potential of nanomaterial technologies

Newhaven, UK | Posted on June 05, 2006

The Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey, and its plasma processing partner CEVP, have won substantial project funding from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to help develop a tool for growing nanomaterials. SEEDA's funding injection of 215,000 - which raises the project's development capital to 450,000 - will aid the commercialisation of a practical method of mass-producing revolutionary materials such as carbon nanotubes. As a result, industry will gain access to an affordable platform for manufacturing leading-edge products such as ultra-fast semiconductors, low-energy solid-state lighting, and super-efficient solar cells.

The funding will help the partners to commercialise a prototype tool called NanoGrowth, which uses the University's patented production 'recipes' to provide a simple turnkey means of manufacturing highly bespoke nanomaterials. Whereas carbon nanotubes grown by chemical vapour deposition normally need to be processed at temperatures in excess of 700C, NanoGrowth uses a plasma-enhanced process which allows the growth substrate's temperature to be lowered considerably. This opens up many potential applications, allowing carbon nanotubes to be grown with precision even on highly heat sensitive materials.

The funding from SEEDA will enable the University and CEVP to grow carbon nanotubes repeatably on 3 inch wafers, with the potential to scale up to 12 inch substrates. This scale of production opens the door to exciting high-value products based on nanomaterials, as well as sales of the NanoGrowth machine itself. All these products have global sales potential, and are based on patented research conducted by the University and its commercial partners.

"SEEDA funding will help us transform the prototype NanoGrowth machine into a world-beating technology platform for nanomaterials," said Professor Ravi Silva, lead investigator at the Advanced Technology Institute. "We are already talking with multinationals about a range of high-tech products, and as well as developing the tool, we are actively examining routes to create a spin-out vehicle for this exciting technology."

"Developers are well aware of what the incredible mechanical and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes and related materials can bring to precision applications such as ICs and flat panel displays, but their aspirations have been frustrated by the limitations of current high temperature growth techniques," said Ben Jensen of CEVP." We've already demonstrated that precision carbon nanotube fabrication is feasible at low temperatures and on a large scale - this SEEDA funding will help us bring the process to the commercial world."

More information: NanoGrowth datasheet: www.cevp.co.uk/nanogrowth

CEVP Ltd, Unit 24 Euro Business Park, New Road, Newhaven East Sussex BN9 0DQ, UK. t: +44 (0)1273 515899; f: +44 (0)1273 512311; e: sales@cevp.co.uk

Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK. t: +44 (0) 1483 689825; f: +44 (0) 1483 686081; e: s.silva@surrey.ac.uk

NanoGrowth is a trademark of CEVP.

####


Copyright University of Surrey

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Investments/IPO's/Splits

Harris & Harris Group Notes the Receipt of Proceeds From the Sale of Molecular Imprints' Semiconductor Business to Canon April 22nd, 2014

Harris & Harris Group Continues Its Blog Series to Highlight Most Impactful Portfolio Companies With Champions Oncology, Inc. April 17th, 2014

Nanometrics to Announce First Quarter Financial Results on April 29, 2014 April 9th, 2014

Harris & Harris Group Notes Mersana's Collaboration Agreement With Subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. April 8th, 2014

Nanotubes/Buckyballs

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Amino-functionalized carbon nanotubes act as a carrier for nerve growth factor April 21st, 2014

Effects of Carbon Nanotubes Studied on Pregnant Mothers April 12th, 2014

Nanotech Business Review 2013-2014 April 9th, 2014

Announcements

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE







  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE