NanoMech to establish pilot facility for nanolubricants

  • 30-Sep-2010 11:46 EDT

Applications for the next-generation NanoGlide lubricant additives range from earth movers and wind turbines to helicopters, trucking fleets, automobiles, and industrial machinery.

NanoMech Inc. has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant for $1 million to develop and test a pilot production facility capable of manufacturing commercial-scale quantities of NanoGlide, a family of lubricant additives engineered at nano scale to increase performance by reducing friction and wear in extreme pressure conditions. NanoGlide stems from nanoparticle research at the University of Arkansas (UA) under the direction of NanoMech Chief Technology Officer and UA professor Dr. Ajay P. Malshe. The patent-pending technology is exclusively licensed to NanoMech, a Springdale, AR-based designer and manufacturer of application-specific nanoparticle additives, nanoparticle-based coatings, and coating deposition systems. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant follows an earlier Phase I project that NanoMech recently completed. DOE’s announcement noted that in Phase I "NanoMech developed a molybdenum sulfide particle based additive that is particularly useful for a number of aerospace and manufacturing applications, and NanoMech successfully demonstrated a manufacturing method to produce significant quantities of the lubricant materials to meet potential commercial demand of the new lubricant additive products.”

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