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Altair Nanotechnologies Announces
New Australian Patent Award Notification

Patent Protects Basic Technologies for Commercial Development
Programs of Nano-Sized and Pigment-Sized Ti02

RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/25/2005 -- Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) announced today that it was awarded a new Australian patent covering "Processing Aqueous Titanium Solutions to Titanium Dioxide Pigment" by the Australian Patent Office.

The new patent describes the fundamental technology for a hydrometallurgical process for producing pigment-grade titanium dioxide ("Ti02") containing solutions. The process includes hydrolyzing the solution via complete evaporation in controlled conditions of temperature to form titania oxide of defined characteristics. After hydrolyzing, the titanium oxide is calcined to form either anatase or rutile pigment of the desired particle size. It is then milled for final processing.

"Our patented process provides significant economies of scale and considerable environmental advantages over the existing chloride and sulfate processes," commented Altair Nanotechnologies CEO Dr. Alan J. Gotcher. "Further, our manufacturing process provides for an environmentally friendly method for pigment companies to streamline operations and reduce costs."

The new patent follows the award of two other patents covering the environmentally friendly process for TiO2 pigment production, an $8 billion industry. Altair's patent portfolio includes: 1) Processing Titaniferous Ore to Titanium Dioxide Pigment; 2) Processing Aqueous Titanium Chloride Solutions to Ultrafine Titanium Dioxide, and 3) Processing Aqueous Titanium Solutions to Titanium Dioxide Pigment.

Over the past five years, Altair has expended significant resources to pioneer and develop advanced ceramic nanotechnology and currently owns six U.S. Patents and 12 foreign patents with 46 additional pending U.S. and foreign patent applications. Altair is aggressively pursuing licensing and business development programs utilizing its technology, nanomaterials and nano-based products worldwide.


Altair Nanotechnologies, through product innovation, is a leading supplier of advanced ceramic nanomaterial technology worldwide. Altair Nanotechnologies has assembled a unique team of material scientists who, coupled with collaborative ventures with industry partners and leading academic centers, has pioneered an impressive array of intellectual property and product achievements.

Altair Nanotechnologies has developed robust proprietary technology platforms for manufacturing a variety of crystalline and non-crystalline nanomaterials of unique structure, performance, quality and cost. The company has a scalable manufacturing capability to meet emerging nanomaterials demands, with capacity today to produce hundreds of tons of nanomaterials.

The company is organized into two divisions: Life Sciences and Performance Materials. The Life Sciences Division is pursuing market applications in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, dental materials, cosmetics and other medical markets. The Performance Materials Division is pursuing market applications in Advanced Materials for paints and coatings; titanium metal manufacturing, catalysts and water treatment; and alternative energy. For additional information on Altair and its nano-materials, visit www.altairnano.com.

Altairnano™, Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.®, Altair Nanomaterials™, TiNano®, RenaZorb™, NanoCheck™, TiNano Spheres™ and the Hydrochloride Pigment Process™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

For Additional Information:
Marty Tullio or Mark Tullio
McCloud Communications, LLC

SOURCE: Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

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