are seen as the “building blocks” of the future.
Their high electrical conductivity, excellent mechanical
strength and high thermal conductivity render carbon
nanotubes (CNTs) ideal materials for a variety of
industrial applications, such as automotive, gas
(e.g., hydrogen) storage, fuel cells, microelectronics,
biosensors and chemical sensors, polymer and ceramic
Nanothinx is a young spin off company, which focuses on the high-purity and low-cost
production of multi-wall (MWNT) and single-wall nanotubes (SWNT) as well as on
some of their uses. The company has spun-off from the Institute of Chemical Engineering
and High Temperature Chemical Processes (ICE-HT) situated in Patras, one of the
seven Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH),
which is one of the most important research establishments in Greece.
The production methods used by Nanothinx are based on the synthesis of carbon
nanotubes with catalytic chemical vapour deposition (CCVD or CVD) from hydrocarbon
The advantages of Nanothinx technology are:
- Development of carbon nanotubes at low cost.
One of the principal characteristics that accounts
for the low cost of the products is the low cost
of the novel catalysts that have been developed
by Nanothinx scientists.
- Higher purity of the as-prepared carbon nanotubes
than that of the commercially available carbon
- Minimal levels of impurities (e.g., amorphous
carbon) that degrade CNTs properties.
- High MWNTs and SWNTs production rates.
The pilot unit currently used is dedicated to the
production of multi-wall and single-wall carbon nanotubes.
In parallel, work is being carried out for the scaling
up of the production methodologies to enable the
production of commercial quantities according to
the products applications in the industrial market.
Nanothinx is in a position to supply potential clients
with high-purity (97% as prepared) multi-wall nanotubes
in quantities ranging from grams to several hundreds
of grams, and single-wall nanotubes with high purity
(70% as prepared) at quantities ranging from milligrams
to tens of grams.
In addition to nanotubes, Nanothinx also offers R&D
services on the process engineering of systems in
which nanotubes and other nanomaterials are produced
Representative research projects are:
- Surface modification and tailoring of the chemical
functionality of carbon nanotubes towards polymer
matrix structures; Study of the nanotubes distribution
and dispersion capability and determination of
the nanocomposites tensile strength and nanotubes
- Development and characterization of CCVD nanostructured
materials based on aluminium oxide and carbon.
spin-off is open to joint business and joint R&D
activities related to nanostructured materials
in which nanotubes are one of their constituent
components, such as composite materials.
Nanothinx (NTX) is a spin-off enterprise located in Rio-Patras, Greece, and
founded by Professor Stratis V. Sotirchos. The activities of Nanothinx mainly
lie on the development of methods for the large-scale, high-yield and low-cost
production of carbon nanotubes (CNT), using novel nanostructured catalysts
on suitable supports. The proprietary methods of nanotubes production used
by NTX are based on the catalytic chemical vapor deposition of carbon (CCVD
or CVD) from hydrocarbon feeds using metallic catalysts on suitable supports.
For more information, please visit www.nanothinx.com
Dr. Stephanos Nitodas
P.O. Box 1405
Panepistimioupoli (University Campus)
Rio 26500 Greece