Catalyx Nanotech, Inc., has begun manufacturing Platelet Graphite Nanofibers (PGNF) at a fraction of competitors' costs on a small commercial scale, with current production capacity at 250-500 Kg per year. Its production facility in Burnaby, BC, Canada, is currently producing 300 kg per year of each nanomaterial. Due to demand, Catalyx Nano is constructing a 35 ton/year capacity nanomaterials plant in Anaheim, California, which is scheduled for completion in late 2008. The company also plans to produce nano powders of polymers, ceramics and precious/transition metal catalysts in powder and alcohol/aqueous suspensions.
Catalyx Nano is producing high-purity, high-performance PGNF at prices comparable to high-grade graphite -- with pricing approximately 50-80% less than competing nanomaterials, while delivering consistent, superior quality product that exponentially out-performs high-grade graphite.
"The major hurdle in the large scale deployment of nanomaterials has been the cost," said Juzer Jangbarwala, Catalyx Nanotech Founder and CEO. "We believe we have eliminated this hurdle by using low cost feedstock and obtaining virtually 100% yields of high purity materials in a single step. By making our carbon and graphite nanomaterials available at prices comparable to high quality graphite we enable customers to make higher quality, more affordable products."
Catalyx Nano is able to achieve low cost production by utilizing key manufacturing patents licensed from Catalytic Materials, LLC (CML) for the simplified cracking of methane to elemental carbon and hydrogen with no byproducts. Two key patents focus on use of a unique bi-metallic catalyst to crack the methane to produce soot free, 100% pure, structured platelet carbon nanofibers that have been proven to give exceptional performance as catalyst supports, electrodes for Li ion batteries, wastewater treatment media and gas separation media.
Catalyx Nano intends to install manufacturing plants at landfills to convert the produced methane gas into two useful materials: elemental carbon, which will be transformed into nanomaterials, and hydrogen, a valuable fuel source. Catalyx Nano will be creating a three-pronged decrease in greenhouse gases by eliminating the greenhouse gases resulting from
- landfills burning off their methane and
- those typically generated during hydrogen production, as well as
- the reduction in greenhouse gases realized when hydrogen replaces other hydrocarbons as a fuel source.
"A myriad of environmentally friendly applications for PGNF have not previously been economically viable due to their high cost," said Juzer Jangbarwala, CEO of Catalyx Nano. "Our unique production technology enables us to create a cost-effective commoditized carbon nanofibers that may help advance numerous green technologies, such as Li ion batteries and certain types of wastewater treatment and gas separation, by making them economically viable.
Catalyx Nano's PGNF have been proven to be excellent nanoparticle fillers for strength, electrical conductivity and catalyst supports. The PGNF product can be pre-treated, pre-conditioned or loaded with catalysts for customers.
To assist in the exploration of nanomaterials applications, Catalyx Nano provides applications test services for its clients under confidentiality agreements in its applications lab at its Burnaby, BC, Canada location.