Friday, May 28, 2010

Ohio Third Frontier Commission Recommends $2 Million for General Nano LLC for Carbon Nanotube Yarn Development

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has recommended nearly $2 million in funding through the Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Materials Program for General Nano LLC, located in Hamilton County. General Nano manufactures conductive, strong, lightweight yarn from long carbon nanotubes for the aerospace and defense industry. The company will match the funding with an additional $2.5 million. The award is contingent upon State Controlling Board approval.

General Nano LLC (GN) was founded in September of 2007 to advance the synthesis and commercial application of carbon nanotubes (CNT). Since then, GN has secured SBIR Phase I & II funding from the United States Air Force, SBIR Phase I funding from the National Science Foundation, and produced and applied CNT thread and ribbon to commercial applications in the aerospace, defense, energy, textiles, biomedial, electronics, and sensor industries.

GN are experts in the synthesis and application of carbon nanotubes (CNT). This scientific expertise encompasses the several subareas below. GN is working closely with the University of Cincinnati (UC) on this research and development.

General Nano Llc (GN) is an expert in the synthesis and application of carbon nanotubes (CNT). This scientific expertise encompasses the several subareas below. GN is working closely with the University of Cincinnati (UC) on this research and development.
  1. Substrate design for growing CNT arrays
  2. Synthesis process conditions to grow super long CNT arrays
  3. Synthesis of arrays on different types of substrates
  4. Post processing CNT to improve their mechanical and electrical properties
  5. Functionalization of CNT to improve their dispersion properties
  6. Producing intermediate products from CNT including thread, ribbon, and nanocomposites
  7. Developing applications of CNT and their intermediate products
Nanotechnology products under development include:
Multifunctional thread that has high strength, electrical and thermal conductivity, and is self-sensing
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system development using CNT thread and ribbon
Health monitoring of different components using CNT thread and ribbon
Biosensors based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of carbon nanotube electrodes
Other products under development include:

Machinery condition monitoring system based on a continuous accelerometer system (powered by 120V AC or battery powered).

The Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Materials Program supports research and development to help Ohio companies continue to make technical progress toward commercializing advanced material products for future applications. To view information about the Ohio Third Frontier and the Advanced Materials Program, visit www.OhioThirdFrontier.com

General Nano LLC
Telephone: (513)-309-5947
Fax: (513)-579-6457
3040 Fairfield Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

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