The project: Production of Advanced Nano Diamond Additives (PANDA) for
various industries, science and medicine, is supported by Horizon2020 SME-1 INSTRUMENT
The project is aimed to establish a full technological
chain for fabrication of highly pure and uniform nanodiamonds and efficient
nanodiamond additives for improving existing materials and processes exploiting
properties of the diamond. The wide range of targeted applications
includes polishing and lapping compounds, lubricants, various coating
technologies, polymers, thermal conductive materials, catalysts, materials for
energy storage (particularly, onion-like carbons produced from ND), radiation
resistant composites and diverse biomedical solutions (cancer treatment, early
diagnostics, cell imaging, etc.).
RAY's technology for producing nanodiamonds is based on the laser
treating of specially prepared targets containing carbon soot mixed within
hydrocarbon media. In contrast to the traditional technology of nanodiamond
synthesis by detonation of explosives in metal reactors, Ray's method is
controllable, environment-friendly and non-hazardous. RAY nanodiamonds are of
much higher purity than detonation nanodiamonds available today in the market.
Industrial manufacturing of nanodiamonds by RAY technology will lead to
significant decrease in the cost, better results in most existing applications
and appearance of new nanodiamond applications where the purity and uniformity of
nanodiamond powder is of special importance.
Nanodiamonds produced by laser synthesis will be used for industrial fabrication of
Advanced ND Additives (ANDA), which, in contrast to
non-modified nanodiamonds, can be easily mixed with chosen media and form
highly homogeneous ND compounds with improved properties. This new business
approach (to supply ready to use ANDA instead of row nanodiamonds with
non-controlled surface activity) will enable fast market penetration and strong
impact on a lot of technological processes and products, as well as significant
breakthroughs in some fields of science and medicine.
The phase 1
of the project aims to choose equipment for PANDA and to develop Business Plan
for the phase 2.