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DuPont collaborates on nanocrystalline hybrid.

DuPont has announced an alliance with Toronto-based Morph Technologies, Integran Technologies, and PowerMetal Technologies to develop and commercialize a nanocrystalline metal/polymer hybrid. The technology will be used to manufacture extremely lightweight components with the Strength and stiffness of metal and the design flexibility and lightweight benefits of high-performance thermoplastics.

Morph is a company charged to commercialize Integran's proprietary nanomaterial technology for automotive applications. Integran is involved in the development of nanomaterials, with business operations in Pittsburgh, PA ,and Toronto, ON. Initial developments will focus on selected applications in the automotive, consumer electronics, and sporting goods markets. Under the agreement, DuPont will lead application development for global customers to bring this innovative technology to market by utilizing its global development, R&D, and customer support centres.

The new offering--MetaFuse[TM] nanometal/polymer hybrids--uses a proprietary process that precisely applies ultra high-strength nanometal to components made of DuPont engineering polymers. This creates lightweight components in myriad, complex shapes with the stiffness of magnesium or aluminum and higher strength. Patented technology in MetaFuse nanometal/polymer hybrids produces metals with grain size 1,000 times smaller than those of conventional metals, according to Gino Palumbo, president of Integran Technologies. This technology directly creates an integral metal cladding with a nanocrystalline grain structure.

"Nano-crystalline nickel or nickel-iron are high-performance metals that are two-to-three times stronger than normal steel and also are significantly harder, with better wear and friction performance," Palumbo said.

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Publication:Canadian Chemical News
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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