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Biomed company Bayer expects nanotubes to explode in popularity

Bayer has opened a new Euro 22 million research facility that will be responsible for manufacturing new carbon nanotubes, according to a news report published on the Bayer News Channel.

Specifically, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) will develop "Baytubes," a new multi-wall carbon nanotube technology.

"Current forecasts predict an annual growth rate of 25 percent for carbon nanotubes" said Dr. Joachim Wolff, BMS Executive Committee member, said in a statement.  "We are also expecting nanotechnology to create a total of 100,000 new jobs in the German industry in the medium term."

The new facility is expected to produce 200 metric tons of nanotubes each year.  

There aren't many CNT production facilities in the world, able to meet industrial-scale CNTs -- and this plant will specialize in Baytubes.

Baytubes are different because the modified carbon  is able to be added as a filler to help improve the mechanical strength to metal systems.  BMS offered an example of Baytubes being used in coatings for ships, offering higher abrasion resistance to help reduce wear over time.

The new Baytubes could also be used in skis, surfboards, hockey sticks, bicycle components and similar products. 

Baytubes could be used in numerous ways in a wide variety of industries, with BSN using "thermoplastic and thermoset systems and coatings."

Nanocyl, a Belgian biotech company specializing in nanotubes, is installing a reactor that will be used in nanotube production -- overall product capacity would be up to 400 tons per year.

Traditional multi-wall nanotubes are comprised of rolled layers of graphite, with a small number of carbon nanotube suppliers available.  For the expected growth nanotubes should receive in the coming years, there still aren't a lot of manufacturers available.   

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RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By porkpie on 2/2/2010 9:33:41 AM , Rating: 4
Well, we have a pilot CNT plant planned for the US here will start in about 20 years, as soon as all the environmental impact statements are complete.

Until some environmentalist group shuts it down with a lawsuit, that is. Them nanertubes are killing our childrens!

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By TechIsGr8 on 2/2/10, Rating: 0
RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By porkpie on 2/2/2010 1:39:02 PM , Rating: 4
They're also responsible for causing tens of tens of thousands of cases of lung problems and excess cancer rates, by keeping coal-fired power plants active through shutting down the nuclear industry. They're responsible for enormously costly scares like Alar, that turned out to be wholly without cause. They're responsible for the worldwide surge in malaria rates that has claimed millions of lives, due to fraudulent claims about DDT.

They're responsible for us having to buy oil from overseas, by barring us from drilling for it here at home. They're responsible for putting hundreds of thousands out of work by "protecting" pseudo-species like the Northern spotted owl. They're responsible for a growing mindless worship of nature and all things "natural", causing more and more uneducated people to reject the benefits of science, technology, and even rational thought itself.

I could fill a few books with what else they're responsible for, but I think you get the point.

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By riottime on 2/2/2010 4:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
replace 'they're' with religious folks. :)

RE: Gut für Deutschland!
By msomeoneelsez on 2/3/2010 12:07:02 AM , Rating: 2
I thought progressives were generally anti-religion? (BTW, the "liberals" of today are really progressives of the turn of the century [not millenium])

I get your point though :D

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