This page highlights some of the technologies under development in CRANN in the field of novel materials. These technologies are available for license or for development with a collaborative partner for a specific application.
2-D Materials for Polymer Fibre Reinforcement
A new method of adding exfoliated nanotubes or graphene to polyester and subsequently preparing fibres from the mixture.
Food, drink, pharmaceutical packaging,automotive parts,recycled PET products- adding graphene could boost strength after recycling,clothing fabrics,furniture,sheet and films.
Phase Transfer Reactions
A new method of initiating reactions and preparing micro- and nano-structures.
This technology offers new approaches for initiating phase transfer reactions using an external magnetic field. This invention enables development of new composite materials by using magnetically assisted trans-phase reagent delivery and also allows magnetically triggered reaction initiation or catalysis (e.g. polymerisation, condensation, etc.) at aqueous/organic interfaces.
Traditional phase-transfer reactions and catalysis are currently used in various industrial applications and research fields, including the production of: surfactants,polymers,adhesives,sealants,dyes,pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials,flavours and fragrances.
Exfoliation of 2-D Materials
A robust, cost effective process to manufacture large quantities of the thinnest possible platelets – one atom in thickness.We have recently made a major breakthrough in the manufacture of high aspect platelets. Suitable materials such as Graphene (black in colour) or Boron Nitride (white in colour) are currently being manufactured and tested.
Optoelectronic devices, use as a strong, light filler material, composites and sending devices.
Controlled Nano-Wire Alignment and Growth
Unique manufacture method to create nanowires in known locations.
Diamond Nano Patterning
Diamond patterning technology enables high resolution nano-scale engraving on to the surface of diamond.
This facilitates a wide range of applications specific to diamond in a simple cost-efficient method for the first time.
Patterning on a wide variety of substrates for anti-counterfeiting.
These next generation sensor devices use graphene, a novel material that has the potential to offer extreme sensitivity and high selectivity.
Point of care diagnostics, environmental monitoring of pathogens, chemical and gas detection.
High Resolution Diamond AFM Probes
The technology solution takes a low resolution diamond tip and creates a high resolution tip from it- using diamond patterning technology.
Higher resolution AFM imaging.