Using technology developed by MIT researchers Nano-C, Inc. has announced the successful development of an important new combustion method of fullerenes production. The technology allows fullerenes to be produced by the tonne with a dramatic reduction is cost. This, in turn, means companies can more readily develop applications for the soccer ball shaped carbon molecules in pharmaceuticals, personal care, conducting and commodity polymers.
Since their discovery in 1985, fullerene production has been based on a carbon arc method. This yielded only small, impure quantities that required costly solvent-based separation and puification. The Nano-C patented combustion technology offers greater production rates and purity levels of over 95%.