BNNT
The Next Generation Nanomaterial

Scientists have known about BNNT’s (Boron Nitride Nanotubes) for many years. Since their important discovery, research has focused on understanding their amazing characteristics and benefits when atomically integrated with base materials such as metals, alloys, glass, plastics and other advanced polymers.

BNNT’s, which are a molecular combination of Boron and Nitrogen in a rectangular polymorph structural form (around one-thousandth the thickness of a human hair), provide a nanoscale structural reinforcement in a variety of materials. This form enables them to be many times stronger, more flexible, thermally conductive, heat resistant, more durable and with their longitudinally strong and transversely supple characteristics are also transparent, piezoelectric and inherently noncytotoxic.

They function as insulators in electronics, provide radiation shielding and are insoluble and hydrophobic. CNT’s (carbon nanotubes) share a similar structure as BNNT’s, however, they cannot withstand high temperatures, are toxic, inflexible, electrically conductive, break down in oxidizing environments and are less biocompatible in other materials.

Why BNNT is Revolutionary 

Radiation and Heat Shielding

BNNT’s are highly efficient absorbers of thermal neutrons. A key application for BNNT’s is the creation of new and improved radiation shielding materials for aviation, space travel, defence systems, hospital diagnostic equipment and environments, and a variety of radiation-resistant apparel. BNNT’s provide a breakthrough in defending against both low and high radiation-emitting products and environments.

Biomedical Solutions

BNNT’s are nontoxic in the human body. They can be engineered into products and treatment protocols for cellular regeneration and extracellular drug delivery. Current medical research is focusing on cellular scaffolding for nerve and bone tissue regeneration and nanoscale delivery structures and oncology for cancer treatments. BNNT’s can be directionally aligned to promote and support tissue growth which will remain in place without biological rejection or toxic side effects. BNNT’s open the door to revolutionary advances in rapid healing research.

Solar Cells and Battery Technology

Solar panels have revolutionized renewable energy for everyday households. The next challenge for photovoltaics is developing panels that last longer and maintain optimum energy capture efficiency. Coating organic photovoltaic with BNNT loaded polymers can significantly improve device lifetime and performance.

Lithium-ion batteries have advanced to the point where they cannot be made any smaller or lighter to provide the same energy storage and power delivery. Their charge times and total charge cycles have reached their limits.

BNNT’s hold the key to developing a new battery type with superior performance and less than one-quarter of the size/battery mass. Furthermore, the architecture and chemistry of these BNNT composite batteries offer flexible form batteries such as lightweight bendable structures for flexible devices and clothing accessories.

Quantum Computing

As computer chips have become smaller and more functional in quantum computing, the greatest challenge semiconductor manufacturers have faced is how to deal with the significant heat generated from their process function. The tubular structure of BNNT’s, along with the fact they are non-conductive, non-corrosive and completely stable, provides the semiconductor industry with a new material and method for dispersing heat in a revolutionary manner. The architecture of computer chips, microsensors and other electronic components can include BNNT layering and integration for significantly improved heat transfer and management. Thermal coatings (electronic packaging) can be revolutionized with the inclusion of BNNT’s in their composites.

They are Transparent

Raw BNNT’s are clear to smoky white. When included in materials and products such as glass or polycarbonate they are completely transparent. This provides an exciting potential for new grades of ultra-strength glass, polycarbonates and clear plastics. Applications include bullet-resistant glass, unbreakable polycarbonates, superior helmets and sporting goods, transparent ballistic shields, optical protection and unbreakable electronic screens. As well as strength, these applications will also benefit from significantly improved heat resistance and radiation screening.

Piezoelectric Functionality

Piezoelectric materials generate small surges of electricity when subject to bending, distortion, heat and pressure. Many of the sensors in robotics and energy harvesting systems in unmanned vehicles and satellites contain piezoelectric based components and mechanical systems. Research has shown that BNNT’s have outstanding piezoelectric and electrostrictive properties that will significantly improve materials and structures used for electricity generation, switching and signalling.

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