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Posted: May 24, 2013

Heraeus Precious Metals Establishes Cooperation for Silver Nanowire R+D

(Nanowerk News) Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co KG, (Hanau, Germany) and the research and technology provider rent a scientist GmbH (Regensburg, Germany), have established a cooperation on the development and manufacture of Silver Nanowires.
The companies have signed a licensing agreement which enables the Silver Nanowire technology to be offered to the market. The cooperation provides strength in development and production, as well as the marketing of advanced nanomaterials. Within the cooperation rent a scientist GmbH will continue to develop Silver Nanowires for new applications and Heraeus will serve the market with the new materials.
Silver Nanowires are often referred to as one-dimensional (1-D) materials. The diameter of Nanowires is in the order of nanometers (10-9 m). Nanowires have many interesting properties that are not seen in bulk or 3-D materials. Only small quantities are necessary to achieve the specific photonic, thermal and electronic properties.
Silver Nanowires are one of the most promising materials available to obtain a maximum functionalization of a material or product with a minimum of material consumption. From their geometrical structure, a percolating and thus conductive network can be obtained with a minimum amount of Silver Nanowires without the need of high drying temperatures. The combination of high conductivity and good transparency is suitable not only for the renewal and improvement of many existing uses, but also to open a broad range of new applications. Examples of such applications are transparent and conductive coatings and inks as well as resins and adhesives, electrically conductive synthetic or polymeric materials, yarns and fibers. The main application fields are EMI shielding, photovoltaics, touch and heating applications.
Dr Michael Jörger, Research and Development Manager at Heraeus Precious Metals said “the co-operation with rent a scientist GmbH is a positive move, providing the customer with an additional alternative in an expanding conductive materials market”.
Dr Georg Maier, Executive partner at rent a scientist added “the application of nanotechnologies provides major new opportunities in conductive applications in a broad range of industries. Our joint effort with Heraeus provides a sound platform for establishing business in this field.”
About Heraeus
Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with more than 160 years of tradition. Our fields of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical products, as well as dental products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. With product revenues of €4.2 billion and precious metal trading revenues of €16 billion, as well as more than 13,600 employees in over 120 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.
Source: Heraeus Precious Metals (press release)
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