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August 2nd, 2010
Karl Burkart: I recently sat down for an e-chat with John Dorr, vice president of Nanocomp, a new and exciting company that has taken nanotechnology out of the laboratory and into production, manufacturing new materials with strange and almost unbelievable properties.
What do you think will be the nearest-term applications? And what are the most exciting long-term ones?
Near-term it's "all things electrical." We can do some amazing things today as an alternative to copper for wiring as well as for EMI protection in weight-sensitive applications. Longer-term will be applications that demand greater material capacity, such as armor.
It's important to note that we are one of the few U.S.-based manufacturers of nanomaterial at the macro scale, unlike others that focus on CNT powder solutions such as those used in battery applications and elsewhere. We're striving to develop materials that are easily integrated into existing manufacturing processes or end-user applications.
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