At this magical time of year, take a moment to consider the value of nanotechnology. For while understanding how polymers function at a scale that is 1/1,000th of a millimetre may not be the most festive of themes. It plays at the heart of everything we do at POLYMER NANO CENTRUM – even at Christmas.
With this in mind, here is a breakdown of what Christmas means to us.
C is for Composites.
Modern composites are a central part of manufacturing. By creating the nanoscale ingredients to modify polymers, these composites can be further improved.
Working at the atomic scale, nanomaterials can be added into conventional, bulk feedstocks to provide missing properties. Yet, because nanoadditives typically make up less than 1% of the total volume, the material’s original qualities remain unaffected.
H is for Happy.
We’re happy to help by designing made-to-order nanotechnology solutions.
Through the bespoke application of nanotechnology, manufacturers are able to request specific improvements to the materials they use in their products - adding durability, flexibility, electro-conductivity, thermal-conductivity, anti-static, UV protection, crack resistance, fade resistance, and anti-microbial properties. Consequently, POLYMER NANO CENTRUM’s products innovate a range of sectors.
R is for Research.
Our many years of collaboration with top research centres, academic institutions, and high-tech businesses have enabled us to construct laboratories where we can investigate how nanotechnology can enhance the functionality of polymers.
I is for Industry.
Bringing nanotechnology to industry as a common, shareable technology. Listening to the needs of both international and Czech markets to guide research towards useful applications for nanotechnology. Adopting scalable methods of modifying polymers which cater to a broad spectrum of business.
Developing a new class of nanostructured polymers and end products with qualities that were previously unachievable and will set a high bar for expectations in the manufacturing sector for what can be achieved.
S is for State-of-the Art Equipment.
Analysing materials at the nanoscale requires cutting-edge machinery used by scientists who have both and an academic and a practical understanding of how nanomaterials can be applied.
Using this knowledge, they can further research and develop polymers at the nanoscale. The technological advances that are gained are then applied to create materials with particular attributes. The laboratory equipment is used in both the design, production, and testing of these materials - ensuring an improved product with unique selling points and improved properties.
T is for Team.
An experienced and skilled workforce is essential to accomplish creative initiatives. A mix of nationalities with a varied skill set and level of experience. Each focused on fostering a warm, supportive community where individuals value and encourage one another – a shining light of ‘goodwill to all’.
A team that is building a solid bridge between science and industry. A team with passion for nanotechnology.
M is for Modification.
Ready-made solutions based on materials that have been nanomodified and are already in use in industry, tailored to a manufacturer’s production processes.
A is for Anti-Microbial.
Novel technologies are being created to combat the growing prevalence of antibiotic resistance and slow the spread of newly developing diseases. For instance, nanoparticles (NPs) are extensively employed as cutting-edge instruments in the identification, management, and prevention of infectious diseases.
Simple spray on coatings containing silver, copper, or gold nanoparticles have been proven as effective ways to kill microbes, bacteria, and viruses.
Nanotechnology has also been employed as a means to alter the surface of metals and polymers to kill microbes on contact.
S is for Since.
Since 2016, we have been working in the field of nanotechnology, understanding polymers at the atomic level, assembling a group of specialists, inventing a novel technique for nanostructuring polymers, and constructing a one-of-a-kind, privately-owned centre for nanotechnology in the Czech Republic.
Clearly there are a multitude of ways that nanomaterials are changing the world. Improving raw materials through the smart application of nanotechnology is the future for industry as we know it. Providing adjustments to products that help bring a prosperous New Year.
Merry Christmas Everyone!