HiPCO® was invented at Rice University under the guidance of Nobel Laureate, Dr.Richard Smalley. NoPo's co-founder Dr.Robert Kelley Bradley was the PhD student that built and fine-tuned the first reactors. HiPCO® was reengineered and revived in 2011 under the guidance of NoPo’s co-founders Gadhadar Reddy and Dr.Kelley Bradley in Bangalore.
HiPCO Raw (as produced) in a snapshot
HiPCO® is considered benchmark Nanotube and is used in applications where specific, repeatable properties are required.
At NoPo we have established the continuous process to manufacture single-walled carbon nanotubes of such small diameters in bulk.
The G band of the Raman signature of NoPo HiPCO
TGA Plot of NoPo HiPCO
Advantages offered by small diameter NoPo SWCNT
Smaller diameters are easier to disperse and stay in a dispersion longer.
Small Diameter Nanotubes have the highest tensile strength.
SWCNT properties are precisely defined unlike MWCNT. This leads to a more consistent product.
Fe is easy to remove using our proprietary Halogenation process. It is not practical to remove all the other catalyst components such as Co, Bimetal, etc. Present in other commercially available nanotubes.
We have developed methods to functionalize and disperse Nanotubes in most common solvents. Due to high consistency of product. Results remain same from batch to batch.