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Eikos Awarded U.S. Navy SBIR Phase I Contract
FRANKLIN, MA (May 25, 2009) - Innovator of Nanotube technology based Products to Develop Large Volume Nanotube “Type” Separation Technology.
Eikos, Inc., innovator of highly transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for conductive coatings and circuits, today announced it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the U.S. Navy.
Efficient volume separation of nanotube type (metallic and semiconducting), defined by chirality and diameter, is one of the last barriers in realizing the full commercial potential of carbon nanotubes for optics and electronics. Eikos has a decade of experience in nanotube purification, dispersion, separation, coating, and characterization and has identified the most relevant variables for producing monodisperse nanotubes, regardless of separation technique. Under this program Eikos will apply its experience in screening specific separation techniques in a bottom-up cost and scalability model, and then assess which techniques are most likely to scale economically and produce useful quantities of monodisperse nanotube fractions.
"Eikos is developing carbon nanotube based transparent conductive coatings for DoD and commercial products. These products will be greatly enhanced if large quantities of metallic and semiconducting nanotubes can be realized," explains Joe Piche, CEO of Eikos. "We are pleased to continue our work under this Phase I program."
Eikos, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of highly transparent carbon nanotube inks for conductive coatings and circuits for use in solar cells, flat panel displays, OLED lighting, smart windows and other established markets. Eikos’ patented Invisicon® transparent conductors (‘nanowires’) will enable high volume, low cost production of a thinner, more flexible and more durable conductive coating technology that will displace Indium Tin Oxide (ITO), Zinc Oxide, PEDOT/PSS, and other transparent conductors. A privately held company headquartered in Franklin Massachusetts, Eikos has a number of licenses and development contracts with major global companies, U.S. military agencies and NASA. For more information, please visit us at www.eikos.com.