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Posted: Aug 25, 2008

Nanogate AG Develops New Technology Platform for Large-Scale, Low-Cost Fabrication of Electric Storage Layers

(Nanowerk News) The new N_charge™ technology platform, which was developed by Nanogate AG within the framework of the 'Advanced Composites' programme initiated two years ago, for the first time enables the low-cost storage of electric charges in different underlying media such as glass, textiles and plastics. The charge is not held for a limited time, but is permanent and also encompasses flexible, transparent and printable applications. This opens up numerous possibilities, primarily in the area of energy efficiency as well as use in various industrial applications.
Through Nanogate AG's new N_charge™ technology platform, which has an enormous range of potential applications, Nanogate is gaining access to further, highly promising application areas. Thus it is possible to provide functional textiles with a permanent electrostatic charge, significantly boosting their effectiveness as a filtration or separation medium.
Specific potential applications, particularly in the area of increasingly valued particulate filtration, have already been demonstrated. In addition, through a combination of existing properties, it is conceivable that the technology platform can be used for the low-cost construction of large, efficient energy storage devices. The technology can also be used in the area of acoustic membranes.
'With N_charge™ we have developed a very exciting approach to the creation of storage layers, which will enable us to tap into new, high-potential application areas,' said Holger Zytur, who is responsible for the area of functional textiles at Nanogate.
'In recent months we have succeeded in transferring technology from the laboratory to industrial-scale applications and in empirically verifying our results with selected industrial partners. During the fourth quarter we expect to be able to present to the public the first specific products for electrostatic systems and future-oriented filtration,' added Ralf Zastrau, CEO of Nanogate AG.
'N_charge™ has outstanding growth potential and offers another impressive example of Nanogate AG's enabling capabilities. Along with Dotfarm Optics™ and Nanoplating™, the patent-protected technology platform represents an important building block for Future applications in the area of energy efficiency and 'green' nanotechnology,' explained Ralf Zastrau.
About Nanogate AG
Nanogate is a leading international enabler in the nanotechnology growth market and so opens the gate to this technology for its customers. The firm, which is based in Göttelborn (Saarland), enables the programming and integration of additional properties such as non-stick, anti-bacterial, anti-corrosive and ultra-low friction. Nanogate thereby gains a competitive edge for its customers by product refinement using chemical nanotechnology. Nanogate covers a wide range of industries, functions and substrates already on the basis of technology platforms. The company thus provides a decisive interface for the commercialisation of chemical nanotechnology, bridges the Gap between raw materials and their industrial conversion into products and concentrates as an enabler on one of the most attractive segments in the industry. As a partner in innovation, Nanogate provides many services along the value chain - from development and production of innovative nanocomposities and nanostructured materials to powerful support for innovation and product integration.
Source: Nanogate (press release)
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