NanoLab was founded in January 2000. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts (was in Newton, Massachusetts), and operates as a manufacturer of carbon nanotubes and developer of nanoscale devices.
We work with customers to develop products enhanced or enabled through nanotechnology. Specific core competencies include: formulation of nanocomposites, inks and coatings, chemical synthesis and functionalization chemistry for nanoparticles and nanotubes, development of nanoscale mechanical and electrostatic devices, oscillators and sensors.
NanoLab has produced carbon nanotubes of various varieties since 2000. NanoLab was the first company to bring dimensional specifications (length & diameter at high purity) to this industry. We offer single, double, multiwall, and bamboo structured nanotubes, and these can be ordered and shipped same day in many cases. Our team is expert in chemical functionalization for sensing or imparting compatibility to resins. We also pioneered the commercialization of buckypaper and Nink for printing nanotube electronics. Our array production team makes aligned forests by either PECVD or thermal CVD methods. custom work welcome.
NanoLab maintains an FTIR with a diffuse reflectance accessory to enable the rapid characterization of either powders or coatings on substrates. Typical sample sizes are approx. 1cm square for this accessory.
Custom materials and components are a specialty at NanoLab. We define with our customers the specifications and material properties they need, and our research and development team will respond with a proposal to carry out the material development effort, quantify the result, assist in patent filings, and provide an avenue for scaleup.
NanoLab synthesizes nanomaterials as discrete particles and as coatings on other particles, nanotubes, and surfaces. Oxides, metals, and other chemistries available via either wet-chemical, hydrothermal, sonochemistry or CVD.
PECVD is used at NanoLab to synthesize aligned arrays of carbon nanotubes on subtrates, including: silicon, quartz, steel, titanium, copper, aluminosilicate glass,etc. Custom array orders are a specialty. We also stock a number of arrays for immediate shipment.
For PECVD arrays, the substrate (metal, glass, silicon, etc) are first coated with an adhesion layer (titanium or chromium), and then overcoated with nickel nanoparticles, then introduced to the CVD chamber. The method of nickel nanoparticle deposition defines the nanotube site density. Standard aligned carbon nanotube forests are produced from a sputtered nickel catalyst film on the substrate, whereas low site-density carbon nanotube arrays are produced by electrodeposition of the nickel catalyst onto the substrate.
In the PECVD system, the carbon nanotubes grow vertically from the substrate surface, and are freestanding. The length is related to the process time, but the diameter depends primarily on the nickel particle size.
We also offer thermal CVD for smaller diameter nanotubes.
NanoLab maintains a Near IR, UV Visible spectrophotometer (PE Lambda 19), with either standard path for absorption, or an integrating sphere to enable reflectance measurements from 290 to 2500 wavenumbers. We also have a series of optical black/grey/white standards for calibration.
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