Case Number 102010 - Novel Route to Manufacturing Filled Metals, Ceramics, or Polymers
Contact: Geoffrey Pinski
Description: Manufacturing techniques for composite “filled” materials (metal, pure or alloy; ceramic or polymer, single or co-polymer, formulated or pure) are useful. Techniques have been sought by which these materials may be produced in such a fashion as to include significant volumes of two fine, uniformly dispersed phase in a composite material, as, for example, ceramics toughened (i.e. made less brittle) by the incorporation of carbon; metals strengthened by the incorporation of ceramic fillers; and polymers filled in situ with pigments.
We have discovered a technique for controlled synthesis of filled materials from nanoparticle starting materials with enormous versatility.
The new technique permits the manufacturing of filled materials based on a wide variety of combinations of ceramic (aluminum oxide, silica, zinc oxide, clay, magnesium oxide), metal (aluminum, steel, zinc, tin, nickel) or polymer (rubber, PMMA, polystyrene, or polyethylene) materials, utilizing nanoparticles as a starting material. The proprietary technique results in final composite materials with a wide variety of morphology and chemical and physical characteristics.
The new process is capable of producing a wide variety of filled composite materials which cannot be obtained (or cannot easily be obtained) by other known fabrication methods.
The manufacturing method is environmentally benign.
The process is flexible and allows for finely-detailed control over product size, elemental and chemical composition, and morphology.