Project Management Services

Fullerex manages innovation projects for our customers that connect inventors, manufacturers, co-developers, applicators, distributors and end-users together in a consortium-led approach. We build these often complex supply chains to address the needs of industry with regard to nanomaterial utilisation. 

Nanomaterial producers and end-users alike require several key components in the value chain to be met before successful and sustainable use of nanomaterials can occur. It has become clear that incorporating nanomaterials into readily useable formats (such as concentrates, masterbatches and dispersions) is one of the most important steps in this regard. Producing these 'intermediate' products often requires enabling technologies and processes to modify the format of the material to suit a target application. However, these advanced processing methods for nanomaterials are widely underdeveloped across the industrial end-user base.

Therefore, in additional to a catalogue of “off the shelf products” (see “traded products” page) Fullerex has ensured we have the right partnerships in place to offer producers and end-users with new product development and delivery programmes. Depending on the estimated TRL (technology readiness level) of the technologies needed for the project, Fullerex will either manage directly or recommend the services of one of our contract R&D partners.

Project management services for our customers can be split into two distinct parts, of which either one or both can be selected: 

      • 1. The "build" component
    The build component aims to create ready-to-use intermediates that can be seamlessly integrated into existing manufacturing processes by working with suppliers to produce prototype materials for internal evaluation with the customer. These solutions can be tailored to suit a wide array of end-user requirements. Improving the compatibility of nanomaterials with current industrial processes is an essential part of proving the commercial value before significant investment can be made.

    2. The "referral" component
Fullerex also offers a referral service for intermediate producers to kick start industrial trials in their materials. Fullerex engage with pre-agreed commercial end users to perform testing and provide feedback to the customer regarding prototype materials. This might include multiple phases of testing as the intermediate product undergoes various iterative improvements. End users involved in these trials often look to put supply agreements in place once testing moves beyond pilot scale.


The following list outlines some of the technologies available to Fullerex in coordinating these innovation projects:
Filament Extrusion
High accuracy filament extrusion and winding. For applications in 3D printable polymers.
Masterbatch production and compounding in a wide array of polymers and nanoparticle morphologies and materials.
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.
Dispersions / formulation
Dispersion and integration of nanomaterials into various liquid systems, such as epoxies, polyurethanes and acrylics
Fiber spinning/ coating
Conversion of thermoplastics into fibers for textile applications as well as ability to coat fabrics with functional inks.
Impact coating
Mechanical coating of 2-d nanomaterials such as graphene onto the surface of ultrafine polymers. Primarily for compression moulding polymers and sinterable polymers (powder coating and additive manufacturing).
Size reduction of polymers down to <100 microns. Spherical morphology and tight distribution.
Cost effective wet milling in aqueous and solvent systems of a large array of metal compounds. Can be made to GMP standards as required.