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The Leader in Nanotube Technology

Hyperion Catalysis International is the world leader in carbon nanotube development and commercialization.

Hyperion Catalysis International:
Past, Present and Future

Founded in 1982 to develop novel forms and morphologies of carbon, Hyperion Catalysis' flagship technology is a conductive, vapor grown, multi-walled carbon nanotube. These tubes are trade named FIBRIL™ nanotubes.

Since the original synthesis of carbon nanotubes in 1983, Hyperion Catalysis has devoted substantial resources to improving the technology of their manufacture and developing their use in a variety of applications. Hyperion Catalysis now supplies FIBRIL nanotubes, pre-mixed, in a range of plastics. These plastic/ nanotube composites are in commercial use in a growing number of automotive and electronics applications. The FIBRIL nanotubes are used to impart electrical conductivity to the plastic in combination with additional benefits that are related to the unique structure of the nanotubes.

Additional applications for our FIBRIL nanotubes are in development and it is expected that they will open a wide range of exciting markets. We encourage you to contact us to discuss how our nanotubes can help you design outstanding new products.

For more information and data on the benefits of FIBRIL nanotubes in plastics, please explore this website or contact us directly.




Nanotube Technology

Properties of FIBRIL Nanotubes
Commercially manufactured FIBRIL nanotubes are produced from high purity, low molecular weight hydrocarbons in a proprietary, continuous, gas phase, catalyzed reaction. They are parallel, multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The outside diameter of the tube is approximately 10 nanometers and the length is over 10 microns. As produced, FIBRIL nanotubes are intertwined together in agglomerates. However, Hyperion has developed proprietary techniques to disperse nanotubes. 

Advantages of FIBRIL Nanotubes as a Conductive Additive
The unique morphology of FIBRIL nanotubes allows them to be used commercially to make high performance conductive plastics. Nanotubes have a very high aspect ratio (length divided by diameter) of 1000. This means that a very low loading is needed to form a percolating (conductive) mixture with a polymer compared to additives with lower aspect ratios.

The advantages of a low loading of a very small conductive additive will be discussed in the applications sections.

Related Article
Designing for ESD Protection Using FIBRIL Nanotubes (95KB PDF)



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