August 27, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario
With the breakthrough demonstration of the world’s first pilot-scale production of boron nitride nanotubes, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has unlocked an advanced material to drive high-value manufacturing in Canada.
The National Research Council’s first target for boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) is to integrate them into advanced engineered materials for defence and security applications such as light-weight ceramic and transparent armour for vehicles and personal protection. Boron nitride nanotubes have unique structural, electronic and optical properties. When integrated into composite materials and systems, these nanotubes enable entirely new classes of material performance across many industrial applications.
With this major advance, Canada now has the largest boron nitride nanotube production capacity in the world, and a production rate 100 times faster than any earlier technologies. Applications and product development previously limited by low production volumes can now be expected to grow rapidly.
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National Research Council of Canada
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