Accelerating and supporting nanotechnology commercialization in Pennsylvania through industry, university and investor partnerships.

The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center accelerates the commercialization of nanomaterials research to meet real market needs in the commercial and defense sectors. We help entrepreneurs, researchers, small and large companies in Pennsylvania transform their innovative ideas and research into new products, new companies, and growth of Pennsylvania's materials sector.


FUNDED ORGANIZATIONS

  • Applied Separations, Inc.

    Applied Separations, Inc. and its partner, Halide Group, are working on novel electrically conductive polymer composites for use in aircraft. The companies will prepare electrically conductive composites by infusing metal nano-particles into polymer composites containing carbon nano-tubes (CNTs).

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  • Arkema, Inc.

    Arkema, Inc.

    Arkema, in partnership with Lehigh University, is developing and commercializing their Nanostrength ® block copolymer technologArkemay for toughening epoxies in wind energy and electronic materials applications. This technology will be extremely valuable in wind energy applications where there is a demand for increased reliability of the wind blades without sacrificing strength.

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  • Bayer MaterialScience, LLC

    Bayer MaterialScience, LLC

    Bayer MaterialScience is developing flexible sensing films using Baytubes® carbon nanotubes. The project is in partnership with Quality of Life Technology Center, which was founded jointly by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. The sensing films utilize the mechanical properties of Baytubes® carbon nanotubes which provide electrical conductivity through their large surface area.

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  • Carnegie Mellon University

    Carnegie Mellon University - Mohammad Islam

    Carnegie Mellon University researchers are fabricating and characterizing mechanical strength and electrical transport properties in three-dimensional (3-D) pristine carbon nanotube (CNT) networks. The researchers on the project call these 3-D porous CNT networks CNT aerogel.

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  • Carnegie Mellon University

    Carnegie Mellon University– Dr. Robert Davis and Dr. Lisa Porter

    Carnegie Mellon University researchers are investigating the research, development, and lifetime testing of solid-state semiconductor sensors for the quantitative and repeated detection of methane (CH4) and ethylene (C2H4). Example applications of the sensors include mine safety, detection of leaking hydrocarbon gases as an indicator of oil seepage in deep ocean wells and within transformers for local power distribution.

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  • Crystalplex Corporation

    Crystalplex has developed proprietary quantum dot (QD) technology for solid state lighting applications. The Crystalplex technology enables the manufacture of more cost-effective and efficient solid state light sources (light engines), at performance levels beyond the reach of current rare-earth phosphor-based white LEDs. It also enables the production of RGB white light engines for LCD backlight units (BLUs) with markedly improved performance.

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  • Drexel University

    Drexel University - Dr. Vibha Kalra

    Researchers are developing a novel electrodes for Li-based, particularly Li-ion batteries using nanofibers. The work will focus on developing a controlled directed assembly of electron conducting material and high capacity transition metal oxides into a nano-fiber based hierarchically porous framework.
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  • EC Power

    EC Power, LLC

    EC Power is a State College based organization that is working on commercializing and energy dense Li-ion battery in 18650 cylindrical cell format, by integrating new classes of nanocomposite electrode materials using a novel fabrication process.

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  • FLIR Systems

    FLIR Systems

    FLIR Systems is developing a process for production of molecules that are identical to diesel fuel. This “next generation biofuel” is designed to be a drop-in replacement for petroleum-based fuels.

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  • Graphene Frontiers

    Graphene Frontiers

    Graphene Frontiers researchers are developing and testing methods to transfer of large area, single atom thick, graphene films to a polymeric substrate for use as a combination transparent, flexible conductor and ultrahigh barrier layer for use in thin film solar and flexible electronics applications.

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  • ICx Technologies, Inc.

    ICx Technologies (FLIR Systems now) is developing a smart “strippable” catalytic coatings composed of enzymes and pH-responsive nanoparticles. The coating will respond to select toxic chemical threats by both decontaminating the surface and changing the color to reveal the location of the toxic chemical.

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  • Illuminex Corporation

    Illuminex Corporation

    Illuminex is commercializing a novel Copper-Silicon Nanostructured Anode for the next generation of Lithium-ion Batteries, LIB.

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  • Industrial Learning Systems, Inc.

    Industrial Learning Systems (iLS) is developing a novel silicon wafering technology for the continuous production of nano structured Industrial Learning Systemssolar cells. The project is based on the patented technology filed through Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and licensed to iLS. In this project, the light capturing ability of the wafer is improved by chemical texturization and nano-architectures to increase the surface area and reduce the reflectivity.

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  • Integran Technologies USA

    Integran Technologies USA, Inc.

    Integran Technologies USA is commercializing a new nanomaterials coaxial wire technology. This novel wire technology will increase the durability of lightweight electrical wiring systems, and will benefit weight reduction and energy efficiency initiatives in the transportation sector.

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  • Keystone Nano, Inc.

    Keystone Nano is developing the Ceramide NanoLiposome as an improved chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of liver cancer. The NanoLiposome structure utilized by Keystone Nano enables the delivery of Ceramide, a bioactive sphingolipid that selectively kills cancerous cells, which could previously not be administered as a drug due to its poor solubility in aqueous solutions.

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  • Kurt J. Lesker Company

    Kurt J. Lesker Company

    Kurt J. Lesker (KJLC), in partnership with Integran Technologies USA, is researching the commercial development of nCu (high Kurt J. Lesker Company purity Copper) sputtering targets used in the fabrication of the latest generation semiconductor devices. This next generation product will be manufacturedusing Nanovate™ technology, a novel process technique, developed by project partner, Integran Technologies USA, Inc.

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  • Lehigh University

    Lehigh University - Dr. Mark Snyder and Dr. James Gilchrist

    Lehigh University researchers are working to dramatically improve solar-to-electric conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) while transitioning this technology to flexible substrates. The team will work towards commercialization of a flexible, higher-efficiency solar-to-electric platform for powering small electronic devices by combining synthesis of novel porous materials, embedded microlens technologies, and directed particle deposition strategies.

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  • Liquid X

    Liquid X Printed Metals, Inc.

    Liquid X is a Carnegie Mellon University start-up company that was formed in January, 2010. The mission of the company is to provide chemical solutions to the nascent printed electronics market. Specifically, the company seeks to supply molecular inks comprised of novel metal complexes that can be printed as either solutions or neat liquids.

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  • NanoGrass Solar, LLC

    NanoGrass Solar, LLC

    NanoGrass Solar produces nanostructures such as nanowires and nanocones which collect sunlight with high efficiency while occupying a fraction of the volume.

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  • nanoGriptech, LLC

    nanoGriptech, LLC

    nanoGriptech is located in Pittsburgh, PA and is developing a novel gecko foot-hairs inspired polymer fibrillar adhesives technology with nanoGriptech,LLC, a spin-off company from Carnegie Mellon University. These materials mimic the nano- and micro-fibers that provide geckos and anumber of other animals with their ability to grip strongly and repeatedly to smooth and rough surfaces even in wet and dirty outdoors conditions.

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  • NanoHorizons

    NanoHorizons Inc.

    NanoHorizons Inc., a spin-out of Penn State University, is working to commercialize silver nanoscale antimicrobial additives for an efficacious antimicrobial aftermarket spray system for consumer products routinely contaminated with odor-causing bacteria.

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  • NanoLambda, Inc.

    nanoLambda, Inc.

    nanoLambda is developing an ultra compact, highly accurate LED color (wavelength) monitoring sensor with 2nm accuracy. The sensor combines an innovative nano-optic filter array technology and high throughput monolithic nanoimprint process for low cost pilot production.

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  • Nelum Sciences

    Nelum Sciences, LLC

    Nelum Sciences, LLC., a spin-off from University of Pennsylvania, is commercializing an optically-transmitting superhydrophobic nano-coating that confers water repellent properties to plastics, glass, fabrics and a range of other surfaces

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  • The Pennsylvania State University

    The Pennsylvania State University- Dr. Jerzy Ruzyllo and Dr. Jian Xu

    Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University are exploring the ongoing effort to develop anti-counterfeiting/identification products with colloidalquantum dot (CQD) inks. This attempt originates from the marriage of the superior optical properties with chemical and thermal stabilities of the newly-developed semiconductor CQDs.

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  • The Pennsylvania State University - Dr. Donghai Wang

    Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University are developing and commercializing an advanced graphene-based nanocomposite for electrochemical energy storage applications such as Li-ion battery and supercapacitors. The novel graphene-based nanocomposite will have high energy density and/or high power in the energy storage devices, and it can also significantly improve electrode kinetic and cycling stability for energy storage techniques.

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  • The Pennsylvania State University - Dr. Jeffrey Catchmark

    The Pennsylvania State University researcher is developing a new compostable water barrier coating for paper based food packaging and food handling applications.

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  • Plextronics, Inc

    PlextronicsSM, Inc.

    PlextronicsSM developing a new, high performing active layer technology for organic photovoltaic solar cell known as Plexcore™ PV. This project will develop a new generation of polymer-based inks that will increase solar conversion efficiency and extend the life of existing organic semiconductor devices. Improved performance organic solar cells will enable rapid commercial expansion of zero emission solar energy generation, thereby Plextronicsreducing reliance on fossil fuels.

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  • Rhodia

    Rhodia Inc.

    Rhodia is working on commercializing a cost-effective, industrial scale synthesis of a novel polymer system that promotes the manufacturing of high quality silver nanowires at a low cost.

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  • RJ Lee Group, Inc.

    RJ Lee Group, Inc. is commercializing a novel sampling technology for collection and analysis of airborne nanoparticles. The Personal Thermophoretic Nano-Particle Sampler (Nano-Sampler) is being developed to assist users of nanomaterials to monitor workplace environments for nanoparticles.

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  • SAVD Solar

    SAVD Solar, Inc.

    SAVD is developing a disruptive solar cell technology that will dramatically improve cell efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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  • SenSevere

    SenSevere, LLC

    SenSevere is a Pittsburgh based company that is developing a novel chemical sensor technology that is capable of withstanding severe conditions. The overarching goal is to deploy sensors within process streams that contain elevated temperature/pressure and extremely corrosive elements.

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  • SolarPA, Inc.

    SolarPA, Inc.

    SolarPA is commercializationing nanocrystalline coating, Nanocoat.. The nanocrystalline coating does the following: the nanocrystals in the coating bend the incoming sunlight minimizing reflection off the surface of the solar panels.

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  • Strategic Polymer Sciences

    Strategic Polymer Sciences, Inc.

    Strategic Polymer Sciences,(SPS) is developing and commercializing an advanced nanostructured polymer hybrid capacitor film and prototype capacitors for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The novel capacitor will have high energy density, high reliability, and it can significantly reduce the size and cost of ICDs, enabling wide accessibility to millions of Americans threatened by sudden cardiac arrest disease.

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  • University of Pennsylvania

    University of Pennsylvania - Dr. Shu Yang

    Dr. Shu Yang along with researchers at University of Pennsylvania are developing a fabrication method to produce a superhydrophobic, omniphobic, and highly transparent nanocomposite film, which can be used as a peel-off, self-applicable protective film when laminated with a double sided adhesive backing layer.

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  • University of Pennsylvania

    University of Pennsylvania, Russell Composto

    Dr. Russell Composto and University of Pennsylvania researchers are developing nanoengineered grafted polymer brushes that can prevent/inhibit catheter related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) via a novel two-step defense mechanism.

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  • University of Pittsburgh - Dr. Judith Yang

    University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing a ex situ environmental reactor accessory compatible with a transmission electron microscope (TEM) heating holder. This type of system provides an easy-to-use, well-controlled alternative to investigate gas-solid reactions at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated environmental TEM.

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  • Y-Carbon, Inc

    Y-Carbon, Inc.

    Y-Carbon is developing nanoporous carbon technology for supercapacitors. Y-Carbon’s ground-breaking technology is based on the platform of making tunable nanoporous carbon. Its core mission is to develop and promote this award-winning (R&D 100 and NANO 50™) technology for the production of novel nanostructured carbon materials with precisely defined structure, porosity, and surface chemistry.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

PA NanoCenter Awards $520K to Fund Seven Advanced Materials Research Projects

The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center (PA NanoCenter) with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded $520K to fund seven new projects that accelerate the early stage technology development and commercialization of advanced materials research using nanotechnology.

The PA NanoCenter provides innovation and technology management with the goal to accelerate the commercialization of emerging materials research. “Each year, we help entrepreneurs, university researchers and industry in Pennsylvania transform their innovative research into new products, new companies that target the growth of Pennsylvania's materials sector,” says Dr. Leoné Hermans-Blackburn, Ph.D.

Click here to learn more about the seven advanced materials research projects.


Powering Up! EC Power works to commercialize energy dense LI-ion battery

The holy grail of building a better battery is to make it smaller and last longer (hold more energy). Sounds like an impossible task? EC Power, a startup in State College, PA, in partnership with Penn State University and commercialization assistance from the PA NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, is solving this conundrum. >>Read More


Sensing Success! SenSevere Develops Sensor Technology for use in Harsh Environments

When Jason Gu was finishing his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in material science engineering, he had no idea that his research could have viable market potential. However, a chance run-in with friend Peter Foller to discuss his research in growing nanostructures made it apparent that there could be potential to create a toxic gas sensor for use in severe environments, such as heavy industry, chemical and power plants. >>Read More

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CENTER'S IMPACT

  • Jobs Created | 118
  • Jobs Retained | 224
  • Projects Funded | 46
  • Businesses Assisted | 631
  • Commercial Products | 27
  • New Technologies | 71
  • Total Investment | $6.2M
  • Project Cost Share | $4.4M
  • Leveraged Funds | $61.7M
Nano Center Impact