Graphene tubes are the future of manufacturing

(Palo Alto – 23 May 2014)

Speaking at The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council monthly event in Santa Clara, California, OCSiAl chief technology officer Mikhail Predtechenskiy and vice president Gregory Gurevich demonstrated how carbon nanotubes can and have been successfully added into products using existing, standard manufacturing processes and facilities without the need for further investment or development.

Nanotubes are one atom thick sheets of graphene that are rolled into tubes, and is one of the strongest, lightest and most conductive materials known to mankind. OCSiAl recently announced a breakthrough in producing carbon nanotubes in bigger, better quality batches that was not possible before. The technology has succeeded in dropping prices to commercially viable levels for the first time, offering nanotubes for sale from $2,000 per k/g where the previous price was around $100,000 per k/g.

The following chart shows examples of current applications for carbon nanotubes, and demonstrates the level of commercial viability achieved:


Guide amount of nanotubes



Cell phone batteries (Lithium-Ion)


$0.20 per unit

Graphene nanotubes increasecycle life, adding approximate one year, allow to use more powerful hardware, and increase the safety of the lithium ion battery.


2 grams

$4 per unit

Enhances fuel efficiency, durability and traction control at the same time.

Flexible touchscreens

Conductive layer less than 100 nm thick

$10 per m²

90% transparency, 110 ohm/sq surface resistance achieved at 90% transparency making for a high contrast flexible screen.

Composite panels


$2 per kg

Tensile modulus and flexural strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) plate, widely used in sporting and automotive fields, is increased 35%.

Source: OCSiAl

All OCSiAl results have been achieved as a part of industrial trials with partners, producing mass products.As it was announced during the presentation, CNT application market will be around 70 billions USDand will exceed 145 000 tons by 2025. Carbon nanotubes will also increase the range of applications available in the future. Previous ‘blue sky’ technologies such as the possibility of building NASA and Google-X’s ‘space elevator,’ or the San-Francisco Hyperloop proposed by Elon Musk.

The world’s first nanotechnology company, Zyvex Technologies, has already begun integrating OCSiAl nanomaterials into their products. “The use of SWCNTs could open the door to fundamental change in many industries, but there has always been an invincible obstacle: SWCNTs were only available in small quantities at sky-high prices, and quality wasn’t guaranteed. OCSiAl helps make nanotechnology applicable for many companies desperate for a commercially viable materials innovation,” said Lance Criscuolo, President of Zyvex Technologies.

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