DoloMatrix (DMX) through its wholly owned subsidiary, SRL Plasma today announced the signing of a technological agreement with Montreal-based McGill University to produce carbon nanostructures and nanotubes using thermal plasma.
The agreement is an option to license and develop technology to adapt the Plascon® process using McGill’s expertise and patented technology for producing nanotubes. It is expected to result in the production of commercially viable quantities of high quality carbon nanotubes.
McGill University was selected by SRL Plasma after an extensive appraisal of the experience of numerous research facilities and technologies in producing carbon nanotubes in gaseous phase conditions, such as those that occur during the Plascon® process and in McGill’s patented technology.
Carbon nanotubes are the lightest and strongest fibres known. They are increasingly used in applications where materials having light weight and high strength are essential. Those include aircraft components, Formula 1 cars and high-end sporting equipment. Carbon nanotubes are typically produced by growing the nanotubes on an expensive substrate. They can also be produced, however, in a gaseous phase without the need for a substrate. Production of carbon nanotubes in a gaseous phase could result in nanotubes that are purer and cheaper than those produced by conventional methods.