NASA Spinoff Brings Nanotechnology to Market
- Created: Monday, 01 January 2007
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, licensed its patented technique for manufacturing high-quality, single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to Idaho Space Materials (ISM) in Boise. Carbon nanotubes based on this process are being used by researchers and companies working on the next generation of composite polymers, metals, and ceramics that will impact almost every facet of life.
Goddard researcher Dr. Jeannette Benavides developed a simple, safe, and less costly manufacturing process for single-walled CNTs that produces bundles of CNTs without using a metal catalyst, dramatically reducing pre- and post-production costs while generating higher yields of better quality product. This capability was of particular interest to Wayne Whitt, who founded ISM.
“Getting single-walled CNTs into the hands of researchers will help accelerate their transition from a conceptual idea to a practical product, and that’s why we offer our product at a reduced price for researchers,” said ISM vice president Roger Smith.
For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/ topstory/2006/nanotechnology.html.