N12 is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that’s commercializing revolutionary nanotechnology to enhance composite materials. Based on MIT-developed and exclusively licensed vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) technology, N12 has created the world’s first commercial-scale continuous manufacturing capability for its Nanostitch™ product. Nanostitch™ improves shear properties of carbon-fiber and other composite materials by 10-40% and lengthens fatigue life 100 fold.
Carbon nanotube (CNT)
A process for making flexible circuits based on semiconducting carbon nanotube networks and high capacitance ion gel dielectrics through jet printing of liquid inks.
The approach of transferring CNT thin films from one surface to another via a soft lithography technique suffers from limited ability to achieve good adhesion of the CNT films to the transferred substrate and imprecise alignment of the CNT patterns. A transfer technique that can be scaled to large area with high throughput processing at low temperature is being reported in this paper, demonstrating a scalable means to create aligned CNT thin film patterns on both rigid and flexible substrates.
Guided by theory and enabled by synthesis, the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute develops new science and technology exploiting the nanoscale. Its researchers inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement, fun, and creativity. We design frontier science and technology by teaming globally, and providing a place where physicists, chemists, biologists, ceramicists, metallurgists, and mathematicians join in teams with engineers to solve problems.
SGT has the expertise and experience in developing high performance materials and products through innovative applications of nanotechnology. “Nanotechnology” is the design, production (synthesis) and application of nanomaterials and nanostructures in advanced macrosystems. Materials reduced to the nanoscale (1x10-9 meter) show very different properties compared to what they exhibit on a macro-scale thereby enabling unique applications. It is possible to produce ultra-strong and ultra-light multifunctional materials through nanotechnology.