Weaver for Hybrid Nanomaterials
Introduction Nanomaterials possess unique qualities (e.g. strength, lightweight) that make them desirable for numerous applications. Hybrid structures combine two or more materials to give the final structure qualities of both component materials. By using an electric field in conjunction with capillary action, one can develop nanostructured hybrid materials. Technology description Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a processing technology for nanostructured hybrid materials using an electric field and capillary action. The process produces hybrid fibers woven together in a fabric that may be used for filler material for a multifunctional composite. The hybrid material may be varied (e.g. single walled carbon nanotubes and silicon carbide), which combines the desirable qualities of both materials and allows for versatility in the composites produced. The ability to manufacture an array of the continuous hybrid fibers enables the development of multifunctional nanocomposites. Business opportunity The ability to manufacture a well-ordered fabric of nanocomposite is a breakthrough in a market that has an annual growth rate of 24.4% and is projected to reach $857 million in revenue by 2011. Stage of development Initial data and a working prototype exist for this technology. Intellectual property position The technology is available for licensing. The UW is currently reviewing this technology for worldwide patent protection.
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