In Israel, developed nanoadditives that “turn” plastic into metal

In Israel, developed nanoadditives that “turn” plastic into metal


Israeli startup Nemo Nanomaterials, founded in 2018 and still operating in stealth mode, has unveiled a blend of carbon nanomaterials that could revolutionize the possibilities of industrial additives in almost any industry. For example, for the automotive industry, proprietary concentrates can be used to create plastic parts with metal properties. They will be as strong as steel or aluminum alloys, but at the same time they are one third lighter.

By 2025, the market for lightweight materials for the automotive industry will be estimated at $ 99 billion. And the Israeli Nemo Nanomaterials wants to receive a part of this amount. The company has developed a special concentrate of TUBALL graphene nanotubes and other nanomaterials, which, even in small dosages, allows you to change the mechanical properties of materials and products. For example, polymers can be made as strong as steel using additives, and composites can be made more wear resistant.

Plastics with metal properties can be used in electrical systems, for the manufacture of elements of the engine compartment, hoses, battery housings and structural elements of the body. Moreover, they will be 30 percent lighter than traditional parts, which will have a positive effect on the range (especially for electric vehicles). Also nanomaterials Nemo Nanomaterials are suitable for the textile and construction industries, telecommunications, energy, aviation and aerospace sectors.

The French NAWA Technologies also found applications for nanotubes. The company has combined the developments of two groups of specialists and presented a family of new high-strength composites. A special feature of NAWAStitch technology is a thin film containing trillions of nanotubes. They are laid perpendicular to the carbon fibers and act as a “Velcro” that strengthens the transition zone between the carbon fiber layers. Velcro allows you to reduce the thickness of composite parts and their weight, and in some cases the difference is up to 40 percent.

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