Nanocomp’s scalable processes can produce sheets of tens of square feet. (Photo: Nanocomp Technologies)
February 20, 2008 — Nanocomp Technologies Inc., a developer of next-generation performance materials, announced that it has successfully produced 3-foot by 6-foot sheets of carbon nanotube material.
At the core of Nanocomp’s process is a technology for continuous, high-volume output of millimeter-long, highly pure carbon nanotubes that efficiently conduct both heat and electricity. By bringing this technology to practice using proven, scalable industrial processes, Nanocomp can now produce sheets of material at contiguous sizes of tens of square feet.
In contrast to Nanocomp’s millimeter-long nanotubes, other carbon nanotubes are short — tens of microns long — and are usually delivered in powder form. Short nanotubes have limited industrial use because they are difficult to incorporate into existing manufacturing processes and do not possess the high performance properties of long carbon nanotubes.