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Largest Nanotube Synthesis Installation in the World Launched in Novosibirsk

12 February 2020

When added to almost any other material, carbon nanotubes have multiplied its strength and electric conductivity

Graphetron 50, the largest nanotube synthesis installation in the world, was launched in Novosibirsk.

The installation, developed by OCSiAl company (a RUSNANO portfolio company), will produce graphene nanotubes — a modifier that enhances properties of many materials.

“Following the one-ton machine, deployed and launched here in 2013, we launch the 50-ton installation today,” RUSNANO Chairman Anatoly Chubais said, adding that this is “an event of an international importance.”

“There is nothing comparable to this on the Earth. We are talking industrial installation that can produce material that no one can produce in such volumes. The material itself is 150 times stronger than steel,” the official underscored.

When added to almost any other material, carbon nanotubes have multiplied its strength and electric conductivity.

“I can say responsibly that it is here, in Novosibirsk Region, in Akademgorodok, in OCSiAl company, that we create the new era of mankind’s materials. Nobody can truly comprehend the scale of its importance yet,” Chubais concluded.

The new installation is OCSiAl's second. It’s production capability is 50 tons of graphene nanotubes per year. The first installation, Graphetron 1.0, has been launched in 2014 and is currently capable of producing 25 tonnes per year.

Source: TASS, 11.02.2020


RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 115 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.

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OCSiAl, a RUSNANO portfolio company, is a manufacturer of TUBALL™ single-walled carbon nanotubes, an innovative additive that improves the properties of most well-known materials. Nanotubes have advantages over other additives due to their exceptional characteristics: high conductivity (while 5 times lighter than copper), heat resistance (up to 1,000°C), durability (100 times stronger than steel) and others. A mere 0.01% of TUBALL™ allows you to radically change the specific properties of materials. OCSiAl’s range of concentrates makes it easy to work with nanotubes. TUBALL™ MATRIX makes the materials conductive without any negative impact on the colour of the finished product, improves rheological and physical and mechanical properties of elastomers, composites, coatings and batteries. The company accounts for 90% of the global single-walled nanotubes market. OCSiAl’s production capacity reaches 10 tonnes and will be increased to 60 tonnes by 2018. The company has representative offices in Russia, Luxembourg, the USA, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and India.

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The first carbon nanotubes were created and studied in 1991. The first experiments revealed that the new material has a number of useful properties. In particular, nanotubes are great at conducting heat and electric current; they are mechanically strong and stable. However, it was later discovered that nanotubes’ practical use is limited due to their small size and difficulties in binding them into continuous tissues.

Despite this, it was relatively recently discovered that the nanotubes present great interest if added to other materials or even “inserted” into living cells. For example, three years ago, the US scientists managed to convert plants into ultra-sensitive explosives detectors that glow in presence of explosives’ molecules in the air. They also managed to triple the effectiveness of photosynthesis using nanotubes.