Through the cheers and jeers of 2020, Nanotech Energy had a lot to celebrate! Our work is breaking barriers in the use of graphene and offering products that will move society forward with energy efficiency. We are proud of the role we are playing in society and decided to end 2020 celebrating!
A Year of Accomplishment
All our public accomplishments are a culmination of years of research. We are grateful to our entire team of assistants, researchers, scientists and executives that keep moving us focused on our mission.
We had a great May. Not only did Nanotech officially close an oversubscribed Series C fund, we also launched a high-performing, non-flammable graphene battery, the Energy Graphene Super Battery, endorsed by Andreas Hintennach, Ph.D., global head of battery research for Daimler AG.
“This round of funding – with such high-level and committed investors – validates the need the international market has for our proprietary battery technology,” said Dr. Jack Kavanaugh, chairman and CEO of Nanotech Energy Inc.
“We are confident that we have a one-of-a-kind, industry-changing product that will impact the technologies and bottom lines of multiple end-user markets. This round of funding allows us to dramatically expand our production of graphene batteries, as well as our production of conductive epoxies, conductive inks and electromagnetic interference shielding spray paints and films. This will also facilitate our efforts to further increase our large-scale manufacturing of high-quality graphene that we provide for use in downstream applications.”
July was ushered in with recognition with a feature in the UCLA Technology Development Group’s July 2020 edition of Innovation Magazine. Jack Kavanaugh and co-founder Dr. Richard Kaner, distinguished professor at the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, led the team in being recognized for its Energy Graphene Super Battery.
Nanotech Energy owns the world’s first graphene patent, which was filed in May 2002 by Dr. Richard Kaner, Nanotech co-founder and UCLA professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Kaner filed the patent two years prior to the notable graphene work of Nobel laureates Geim and Novoselov.
In September 2020, Nanotech Energy became the first graphene manufacturer to launch 90% of its content monolayers, reduced graphene oxide scaled for process. We are the first graphene producer to break the 50% content barrier. This is an incredible milestone in graphene production and we believe it will change the industry.
“The graphene that Nanotech Energy is now producing exhibits outstanding electrochemical properties and a unique combination of large surface area, high electronic conductivity and excellent mechanical properties,” stated Dr. Maher El-Kady, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nanotech Energy.
“Our graphene products have the potential to radically transform the graphene industry by providing high-quality graphene that can used in a wide range of products with unparalleled performance including batteries, supercapacitors, functional inks, conductive epoxy and EMI shielding.”
We did not stop there! In October, Nanotech launched debut of Nanotech EMI Armour Paint & Sheets, graphene powered coatings and films for electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) shielding, as well as heat management. The EMI Shielding line currently contains six products – all of which are highly conductive and provide excellent external EMI/RFI protection while also preventing internal EMI/RFI leaks. The products can be sprayed, brushed, rolled or dip-coated onto various surfaces, such as glass, plastic and metal – depending on the specific product used. Our current product line also includes Silver Nanowires Powder, in Water and in Isopropanol.
“Nanotech’s EMI Armour products are critical to ensure the effectiveness and safety of today’s electronics,” stated Dr. Jack Kavanaugh. “As technology advances and more is demanded of sophisticated and sensitive parts, EMI shielding allows for complete sealing and ultimately making electronic devices safer for consumers.
“Nowadays, humans rely on electronics more than ever before. While electronic devices bring great convenience to our lives, they also bring potential harm and a new form of environmental pollution. We have developed products that can block more than 99.9999% of the electromagnetic waves at a fraction of the weight of traditional materials.” stated Dr. Maher El-Kady.
In December – we took a breath, relaxed and enjoyed our accomplishments! Scott Laine, Nanotech Energy COO, and Michael Lang, Nanotech Energy Global Sales Manager arranged quite the spread – with food, (non-alcoholic) drinks and Shigemi Minetaka, an accomplished Jazz/fusion pianist, serenading the team in the background. Scott was the primary speaker and dedicated his time in acknowledging each and every team member’s accomplishments and efforts. The surprise of the event was Ariana bringing her baby – which lit up every eye in the room!
Scott Laine, COO
Michael Lang, Global Sales Manager
Scott presenting Alessandro with December’s Employee of the Month Award
Mike, Purchasing Manager
Ariana, R&D Manager (congrats!)
Pashupati, Zhiwei and Reta
Trevor, Manufacturing Supervisor with Gaurav, Sr. Scientist and Project Leader in the background