Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at an atomic and molecular scale. Generally, nanotechnology works with materials, devices and other structures that have at least one dimension sized from 1–100 nm. The variety of potential applications makes nanotechnology a key technology for the future.
Nano-Nouvelle has developed a functional material that benefits from the advantages of nanotechnology. These benefits include a three-dimensional structure at the nano-scale, electrical conductivity through a complex mesh of surfaces and a porous structure with a customisable surface area in the range of 0.5 to 5.0 m2/cm3.
Using well understood processes, sequential coatings are applied to commercially available porous polymer substrates to create Nano-Nouvelle’s conductive membrane technology. This conductive membrane can be coated with active materials, creating the Nanode™, which has a diverse range of applications, including other electrochemical processes such as electrolysis or capacitors, as well as entirely different applications such as:
- chemical processes
- thermal management
- photovoltaic and thermoelectric materials
The Nanode™ can be produced in a wide range of membrane thicknesses and sizes, with the precise structure and mechanical properties tailored by designing the underlying polymer substrate and customising the metal coating process. The level of conductivity is tailored by adjusting the thickness of the metallic layer throughout the porous material. Additional layers of active material can be added according to the needs of the application.
Nano-Nouvelle's current development the Copper LumafoilTM is a light weight current collector, offering a direct replacement for solid copper foil used in today's batteries.
Nano-Nouvelle's next product will be the higher energy capacity NanodeTM, which is manufactured with the Copper LumafoilTM as the base and will be developed as an extension of the LumafoilTM production.