The only additive that can change all the materials around us, right now
The only additive that can change all the materials around us, right now

What Are Graphene Nanotubes?

Graphene nanotubes, or single wall carbon nanotubes, are graphene sheets rolled into a tube. Their unique physical properties make them a universal additive that can be used in 70% of all base materials to improve their specific properties.

Despite the similarity in their names, single wall and multi wall carbon nanotubes differ in their properties and in the effects they have on materials, just like graphene (a single layer of carbon atoms) differs from graphite (multiple layers of carbon atoms).

MWCNT
MWCNT Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes
  • Rigid and short
  • Effective concentration of 0.5–10%
  • Can only be used to produce black conductive materials
  • Cannot be used to produce transparent conductive materials
  • The high concentrations required can degrade mechanical properties
SWCNT
SWCNT Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes
  • Flexible and long
  • Effective concentration of 0.01–0.1%
  • Allow the production of conductive materials of any color
  • Allow the production of transparent conductive materials
  • Preserve or improve the mechanical properties of materials
Unique Properties of Graphene Nanotubes
  • Сompatible with almost all materials
  • More than 3000:1

    length-to-diameter ratio

  • Up to 1600°C

    thermal stability in vacuum

  • High conductivity
  • 100 times stronger than steel
    100 times stronger than steel
Why Has Humankind Not Used Graphene Nanotubes Before?

Surprisingly, nanotubes – the “material of the future” and a potential driver of the new technological revolution – are not a human invention. Nanotubes are a natural phenomenon. It is not an exaggeration to say that people have always been surrounded by nanotubes.

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In nature, nanotubes are formed as a result of incomplete carbon combustion. This is why the ashes of trees after forest fires might contain thousands of tonnes of nanotubes

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Scientists have found traces of graphene nanotubes in Damascus steel

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as well as in the ancient Chinese ink

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In 1976, the Japanese scientist Morinobu Endo discovered nanotubes while doing research at the University of Orleans

Decades of Research
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Decades of research have confirmed that graphene nanotubes can be a universal additive for most of materials existing on Earth.

Nevertheless, graphene nanotubes have not been used in industry until recently because of the absence of technology for their mass production and, consequently, their high price.

In 2014 OCSiAl created the first industrial technology for synthesizing graphene nanotubes

TUBALL™ is the brand under which the first graphene nanotubes available for mass application in industry were launched on the world market.

0.01%
effective even at ultra-low concentrations
< 1%
low impurity content
G/D ≥ 40
high quality of nanotubes
Industrial Scale

The industrial-scale production of graphene nanotubes has significantly reduced their price and has made their application economically feasible for many industries.

Price per kg
$150,000
World production per year
100 kg
80,000 kg
<$2,000
TUBALL™
2014
How Exactly Does TUBALL™ Work?

TUBALL™ is the only additive where as little as 0.01% can radically change a material’s properties. But how is this possible?

When distributed in the matrix of a material, graphene nanotubes form a three-dimensional reinforcing and conductive network. This is the mechanism that enables new properties to be achieved.

It is the record length-to-diameter ratio that allows graphene nanotubes to build a 3D network at very low concentrations.

This is why TUBALL™ has a minimal effect on original color and other key properties of materials, unlike any other conductive and reinforcing additives.

As little as 0.01% TUBALL™ in a material is enough to drastically change its properties

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TUBALL™ – One Additive for Thousands of Materials

LITHIUM-ION BATTERY
0.05% of TUBALL™ in the silicon anode increases battery cycle life by up to 4 times
Glass
0.05% of TUBALL™ increases strength and allows a significant reduction in the use of toxic substances
ABS PLASTIC
0.03% of TUBALL™ increases impact resistance and makes materials anti-static
Textiles
0.06% of TUBALL™ guarantees permanent anti-static properties
Aluminum
TUBALL™ gives a 100% increase in both tensile strength and Young’s modulus
Silicone
0.05% of TUBALL™ allows the combination of conductivity and color
Rubber for tires
0.1% of TUBALL™ improves grip and durability
PSA film
0.04% of TUBALL™ provides stable anti-static properties while retaining transparency and allowing an increased service life