Technology

Intellectual property including patents and processing know-how from our producer clients forms a broad suite of technologies and materials that are available for licensing, private labelling and in some cases joint development and commercialisation. These are outlined below. Please get in contact for more details.  

 

Licensing:
Production technologies
A soybean oil derived epoxy beverage and food can coating has been developed and patented by one of our partners that is safe, bio-compatible, high performance, sustainable and a cost effective alternative to BPA. The technological, mechanical and organoleptic characteristics of the coating are as good as conventional BPA coatings and better than other BPA-NI coatings currently being used. Testing with various industry leaders has confirmed that the coating does not “crack” nor is there any change in drink flavour from the coating.

Patented technology for producing the CuO nanorods and OSNPs outlined in the "traded products" page are available for licensing, as are several of the performance masterbatch products outlined.
 
Processing technologies
Dispersion of CNTs into resins to produce conducting and semi conducting resins without use of surfactant. These can be produced even with UV curable resins, which opens up applications in the energy cure and 3D printing markets.

Surfactant free, stable, non-agglomerating dispersions of CNTs in aqueous systems.

CNT/powder coating technology to substantially reduce sintering time in DMLS additive manufacturing metal powders without carbide formation in the parts.

Patented technology for pre-processing and integration of CNT materials into large range of polymers via monomer phase dispersion and polymerisation to provide substantial uplifts (5x or higher) in mechanical properties of bulk polymers and fibers.
 
 
Toll Manufacture:
The following processing technologies can be accessed on a toll basis in industrial volumes:
 
Micronising
Size reduction of polymers down to <100 microns. Spherical morphology and tight distribution.
 
Nanomilling
Cost effective wet milling in aqueous and solvent systems of a large array of metal compounds. Can be made to GMP standards as required.
 
Filament Extrusion
High accuracy filament extrusion and winding. For applications in 3D printable polymers.
 
Compounding
Masterbatch production and compounding in a wide array of polymers and nanoparticle morphologies and materials.
 
Functionalisation
A large number of functional groups can be applied either through a patented plasma process or with wet chemistry to CNTs and graphene. Available groups include but are not limited to Carbonyl, Hydroxyl, Ether, Carboxyl, Amines, Amide, Nitrile, Nitrous Oxide, Imine and Fluorine groups. Degree of functionalisation can also be tailored.
 
 
Contract R&D:
Fullerex works with several universities and process development institutions that can partner with industry users and producers of nanomaterials to apply for various government subsidised funding calls for targeted application development. In addition, these highly specialised institutions can work collaboratively with both producers and end users to develop processing know-how which is then transferred over to the appropriate party, essentially acting as an auxiliary R&D department.