Applications and Markets
Nanophase Technologies is an industry-leading nanocrystalline
materials innovator and manufacturer with an integrated family of
nanomaterial technologies. The entire focus of Nanophase is nanotechnology, with two distinct and patented
processes for the preparation and commercial manufacturing of nanopowder
metal oxides i.e. Aluminum Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Cerium Oxide, Titanium
Dioxide, and several others. Nanophase Technologies Corporation has developed a process,
Discrete Particle Encapsulation, to coat the surface of its nanoparticles
with a thin polymeric shell that enables compatibility of the particles
with a wide variety of fluids, resins and polymers. Also, Nanophase
has developed technology to permit the dispersion of its nanoparticles
in water and a variety of polar and non-polar organic fluids. This
allows Nanophase to supply concentrated, ready-to-use nanoparticle
dispersions, eliminating the need for customers to disperse the nanoparticles
themselves. Nanophase’s family of integrated technologies economically
produces nanocrystalline materials, and then nanoengineers those materials
to fit a customer need.
Nanophase produces engineered nanomaterial products for a variety
of diverse markets: personal care, sunscreens, abrasion-resistant
applications, environmental catalysts, antimicrobial products, and
a variety of ultra-fine polishing applications, including semiconductor
wafers, hard disk drives, and optics. Various applications include
wood preservation, anti-fouling and anti-microbial coatings, fuel
cells, catalytic converters, UV-attenuation coatings, scratch resistant
coatings, charge dissipating coatings, deodorant/antiperspirants,
depilatory/shaving products, and others. In parallel, new markets
and applications are constantly being developed.
The incorporation of nanomaterials in surface coatings can provide long-term abrasion resistance without
significantly effecting optical clarity, gloss, color or physical properties.
The need for scratch, mar and/or abrasion resistance is well established in
various markets, including fingernail polishes, flooring, plastic glazing, headlamp
covers and other automotive parts, transportation windows and optical lenses,
where clear scratch-resistant coatings are used.
NanoDur alumina is especially well-suited for incorporation
into coating systems, greatly enhancing abrasion resistance with minimal effects
on clarity, gloss and physical properties of the coatings. The NanoDur products
can also be surface treated through proprietary technology to ensure compatibility
with a variety of coating systems.