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Nanomat First to Commercially Produce Talc and Calcium Carbonate Nanomaterials

Pittsburgh, Pa. May 1st, 2002

Nanomat, Inc., a nanomaterials and technology company, is the first company worldwide to commercialize large scale manufacturing of talc and calcium carbonate nanopowders. Called NanoTalc(TM) and NanoCalc(TM), these latest Nanomat products have tremendous implications for major industries such as paper, polymers, paints/pigments, pharmaceuticals, sealants, adhesives and others. "We are on the forefront of the emerging nano revolution ...," said Srikanth Raghunathan, Ph.D., president of Nanomat. "...NanoTalc(TM) and NanoCalc(TM) represent the outgrowth of our ongoing research and development efforts, and we are geared up for large scale production of these materials."

Nanomat, based in North Huntingdon, Pa., manufacturers a wide variety of nano-sized powders, which are fine-grained materials that typically contain as few as three to five atoms. In most cases, they outperform conventional materials because of their superior chemical, physical and mechanical properties, and they exhibit outstanding formability.

Nanomat's NanoTalc(TM) and NanoCalc(TM) products can yield immediate benefits by improving products available in today's marketplace. Plastics manufacturers can produce products with higher strength and stiffness, and better thermal and creep resistance, with less filler loadings. Paint/pigment manufacturers can use these powders to improve gloss, cracking and water resistance. When applied to paper/pulp technology, they improve opacity, gloss and print quality, among others. Founded in 1995, Nanomat is a leading manufacturer of nanomaterials, powders, and technologies, primarily for research, education and government sectors. The firm is one of a few companies worldwide to commercialize nanopowders for large-scale applications.

Nanomat's personnel and consultants are extremely knowledgeable in materials science and technology, including the synthesis and processing of nanocrystalline refractory materials used for civilian and defense applications. They have published more than 100 papers in archival journals, and Nanomat's employee-roster includes a veritable "Who's Who" in Science and Engineering (Marquis' and American Men and Women of Science and Engineering).

Here is an overview of some nanomaterial applications and product benefits:

  • Next generation computer chips, microprocessors, and data storage systems
  • Low-cost flat-panel displays
  • Low-power phosphors for conventional CRTs, detectors, and other display devices
  • More durable, highly functional aerospace components and weapons systems
  • High-energy density batteries and fuel cells
  • Chemo-mechanical polishing (CMP) and abrasive slurries for precision finishing
  • More durable, biocompatible biomaterials
  • High-power magnetic devices

For more information on Nanomat products and services:

call or write Nanomat at 1061 Main Street, North Huntingdon, Pa. 15642-7425. Phone 724-861-6120. Fax 724-861-6119.

Reprinted with premission. Copyright Nanomat.

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