Nanopipes Soon to Be Produced in Stara Pazova – 50,000 Times Thinner Than a Hair, 100 Times Harder Than Steel

Source: RTS Monday, 12.12.2022. 13:15
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Next year, the company OCSiAL is to open a center for the production of graphene nanopipes in Stara Pazova. Graphene is a material which the company says is 50,000 times thinner than a hair, and 100 times harder than steel. Although since their discovery in 1991, they have been kept in a laboratory, they can be used in the production of asphalt, batteries, tires, and even silicon watch belts, Konstantin Notman, the company’s CEO, said at the presentation of the company, RTS reports.

– The problem with standard materials that are used in construction, automotive or aviation industries lies in their lack of efficiency and their weight – says Konstantin Notman. He points out that they are all too heavy.

The company says that a plane uses up to 85% of the energy just to be able to carry them, that is, to carry its own weight.

The possibilities, Notman believes, are nearly limitless. From silicon watch belts, to batteries for electric cars, tires, and even asphalt.

– One of the most important things is the use of graphene nanopipes in the production of the bottles that are used by firefighters in putting out fires. Their use can reduce the weight of the bottles by nearly a half – they say at OCSiAL.

How graphene nanopies function

They were previously known as carbon nanopipes with one wall. They are single-atom-thick sheets wrapped in a pipe.

When they are inserted in the material, they create a 3D conduction network which gives a new property to the material, thereby enabling the creation of new materials.

As Notman says, graphene nanopipes solve the main problems of silicon anodes and enable much better performances for cathodes, the basic parts of lithium-ion batteries.

Silicon anodes, he says, “expand and contract much more and much more frequently than those which feature graphene nanopipes, nearly four times as much”. Those expansions and contractions lead to a quicker loss of the battery’s efficiency, that is, to a shorter lifespan.

– The use of graphene nanopipes in silicon anodes would achieve quicker charging, a different lifespan and lighter batteries – they claim at OCSiAL.

That is why the question that OCSiAL has wanted to solve since the creation in 2009 is whether it is possible to create an industrial technology for the synthesis of graphene nanopipes optimized for hundreds of thousands of tons a year and considerably reduce the price.

The company has created TUBALL, the first graphene nanopipes available for the commercial application of the new material in a wide range of industries.

As RTS reports, the company’s website says that over 70% of all basic materials can be improved by introducing the universal additive, graphene nanopipes. All this by making them lighter. It adds only around 0.01% of the weight to the material it is added to.

– The facility for the synthesis of pipes in Stara Pazova will be the pivotal point of the industrial center of graphene nanopipes – the company claims and add that 200 people will be employed, of various education and experience levels. The construction is ongoing, and the facility should be put into operation in a couple of months, RTS reports.

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