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Silvy R.P.,SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT)
Oil and Gas Journal | Year: 2010

The global refining catalyst market 2010-13 shows signs of recovering, based on an analysis of the world's oil refining operations 1999-2009 that established future trends in catalyst spending. World crude distillation capacity will rise to 90.8 million b/d in 2013 from 87.2 million b/d in 2009, a rate of 1.03%/year. Hydrotreating, catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, and naphtha reforming process capacities will increase to 49.24 million b/d, 14.99 million b/d, 6.73 million b/d. Expansion of current refineries and construction of new hydrotreaters, hydrocrackers, FCCUs, and naphtha reformers units will add about 2,084 million b/d, 607,000 b/d, 122,000 b/d, and 240,000 b/d, respectively, to global refining capacity by 2013. Oil production recovered after 2002, increasing to 72.5 million b/d in 2006, growing at 1.63 million b/d/year. Asia Pacific and North American regions experienced the largest average refinery capacity growth during 1999-2009.

Agency: Department of Commerce | Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 89.96K | Year: 2014

Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have unique material properties making them very attractive for use in a variety of electronic applications. However, as-grown SWCNTs contain a mixture of tubes with heterogeneous optical and electronic properties. The chiral species must be separated in order to maximize the desired properties. To date, no large scale separation process has been accomplished. This Phase I project seeks to extend the promising technique developed at NIST to demonstrate single-chirality CNT separation, at laboratory scale.

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 69.72K | Year: 2003

The unmatched properties of single-wall nanotubes make them a unique product that will represent a billion-dollar market in applications that range from space to consumer products. At the University of Oklahoma, the catalytic production of SWNT has been optimized in a novel process (CoMoCAT) based on a specific catalyst formulation that yields SWNT with high selectivity. A fluidized bed reactor is particularly suitable to achieve optimal synthesis conditions and make the process continuous. A good-quality SWNT product has been consistently obtained. The present proposal will focus on the gradual improvement of the current CoMoCAT technology to make it able to operate in a continuous, larger-scale mode that will result in low SWNT costs. The anticipated results of the phase I include the development and testing of the continuous, large-scale reactor and the scale up of the purification process. Phase II is visualized as a direct application of the optimized process at an even larger scale that will incorporate the participation of strategic partners for the development of SWNT-based materials. The carbon nanotube is 100x stronger than steel, yet 1/5th the weight. SouthWest NanoTechnologies will commercialize nanotubes for their structural properties, meeting a direct need for NASA, and providing the next generation of lightweight composites for industries worldwide.

SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) | Date: 2009-03-17

Nanotubes, namely, tubular carbon molecules used in electronic, mechanical, chemical and biochemical applications. Research, development and consultation related thereto in the field of nanotubes.

Arthur D.,SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) | Silvy R.P.,SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) | Wallis P.,SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) | Tan Y.,SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) | And 5 more authors.
MRS Bulletin | Year: 2012

Whereas efforts toward graphene commercialization are still in their early stages, lessons from the commercialization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) might be applicable, given the similarities between the two materials (specifically, a single-walled CNT can be thought of as a monolayer of graphene wrapped into a cylinder). This article reviews the commercialization of CNT materials (with a special emphasis on single-walled CNTs) in selected electronics applications, including specific examples of successes, failures, and promising opportunities. Two application areas are reviewed: (1) alternatives to silicon for fabricating transistors used in display backplanes, radio-frequency identification, and smart cards, for example, and (2) alternatives to indium tin oxide for transparent conductive films used in displays, electronic paper for e-readers, touch sensors, light-emitting diode lighting, photovoltaics, and electrochromic windows. Some important lessons learned from these commercialization experiences can potentially help accelerate the commercialization of other exciting nanomaterials such as graphene. © Copyright 2012 Materials Research Society.

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