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This page features project designs currently in development, plus a few cutting-edge applications for which we'd like to find collaborators.

Advanced Energy Technologies

The Nanopolymer Design Platform™ has enabled the design of several novel materials for the energy market.  These include:

  (1) continuous-path nanostructured electrolytes, for improving the performance of existing and next-gen batteries of all kinds, 
  (2) di-lithium-binding anode coatings, for improved lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries, and 
  (3) proton-only pores, for higher powered fuel cells, and for upgrading the efficiency of one kind of thermoelectric converter.
These atomic-precision materials promise energy innovations across the board for the near future.

Advanced Catalysis Capabilities

Another nanopolymer design has been proposed at a scientific workshop is for a new kind of catalytic agent: the heterogeneous linear metal cluster.  Our Nanopolymer Design Platform enables metal clusters to be composed of two or three different metallic or sub-valent metal atoms for making an entire family of redox catalysts for chemical manufacturing, organic synthesis and environmental remediation.  You can view the video of the less-than-five-minute presentation by Steve Fowkes here, or ask us to send you the one-page summary (and illustration) of that presentation that has additional details.

NSI is Looking for Industry and Academic Collaborations

Self-repairing polymer materials:  The combination of strong covalent bonds for the polymer backbone with weak hydrogen bonds for the thermodynamic stabilizing effect allows polymer nanostructures to be deformed by stretching or impact and to re-form into their thermodynamically favored conformation. By controlling the relative proportion of rigid and semi-rigid segments, a variety of self-repair properties can be generated without the need for new monomer starting materials. Better-than-Kevlar bullet-proof vests, self-repairing fabrics for clothing, and novel elastic and energy-dissipative fibers are but a few potential applications of this class that we have considered.  What might you and your colleagues want to achieve?

Negative refraction-index meta-materials:  In the last decade, meta-materials with negative refraction indices have advanced from theoretical constructs into real-life materials, initially operating only in the microwave frequencies28 and more recently in the far infrared.29 The ability of nanopolymers to act as scaffolds for attachment of oxidants, chromophores, or other photon-active moieties opens the door to a new method for manufacturing meta-materials. Visible light negative-refraction lenses could enable photo-microscopy without loss of near-field detail.

NSI's technology offers transformative change in a wide variety of applications spaces. However, it is fundamentally difficult to anticipate all of the change, where it might manifest, in advance of the introduction and actual development of the technology.  So if you have an idea that is not presented here, talk to us about helping you developing it.

We welcome inquiries from anybody with a special interest in any of these applications, or from anybody with a critical nanostructural R&D challenge towards which we might be able to contribute solutions.  Please see the Contact Information page for e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

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