We developed a low energy, sustainable and cost-effective process to produce advanced materials and thin films, such as metal oxide particles with sizes ranging from nano to macro, for widespread applications of today and tomorrow.
Our patent-pending process can contribute to climate change by making chemical manufacturing of metal-based compounds more sustainable. Our method uses low temperatures and safe substances as opposed to conventional methods that require high temperature or the use of dangerous chemicals such as acids. Additionally, waste streams are minimized.
Our technology can also use secondary metal sources to create valuable metal compounds, such as oxides. This could be used for more efficient metallic waste recycling to generate a sustainable circular economy.
Using our process, we have demonstrated the ability to generate a wide range of zinc oxide structures. Moreover, we can use our process to generate other Zn-based chemistries and our process can go further to do the same for other metals. What makes our process unique is that we are generating these diverse particles without changing our infrastructure!
The structures (morphologies, habits, etc...) we are producing have a wide range of different properties that will differentially benefit applications. This will have the capability to improve the overall product performance. It goes without saying that this is an area we are continuing to develop because we need to understand your product needs to deliver the best particle for you.
rods over brass
150 ± 30 nm
21 ± 6 microns octahedrons
Products using zinc oxide are ubiquitous, where applications including ZnO produced either by mass or advanced particle production. The industries and applications are diverse, including: tyres, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, paints, electronics and cosmetics. Moreover, there are a host of emerging applications based on advanced ZnO including: biomedical and therapeutic applications (e.g. anticancer and antibacterial), catalysis, biosensor, gas sensing applications, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), electronics, batteries, energy storage and solar panels.
It is well established that advanced ZnO particles have properties that outperform the ones of conventional ZnO grades. However, the generation of these advanced particles are often high energy, high cost, and production is limited to small scales. These limitations reduce the affordability of these products and this cascades to the application. As such, without reducing this price point of production these emerging and high-cost applications for ZnO may not be able to penetrate the market effectively. However, with the Nanomox process these particles may be reproducible at a competitive price point. Furthermore, with the advent of a sustainable and financially appealing technology current products employing mass produced ZnO may be able to have improved product performance when the active material is changed to a targeted advanced particle with improved properties.