Economic development requires constant innovation and technology advancement. With the global economy changing competitive forces, countries and organisations alike will have to adapt and embrace technological developments. This is especially true for the developing countries like South Africa. The country must move along the curve of product development if it is to create sustainable businesses that can create the required number of sustainable jobs to fuel the economy.
The current wave of development in the field of nanotechnology presents an ideal opportunity. It can be employed to provide socio economic development whilst addressing some of the most pressing needs of education, energy and health care.
The company has a number of agreements in place with developers and manufacturers of specialised products. The products can be classified into the following broad categories:
Energy efficient coatings
A well insulated building will save a lot of power that would otherwise have been necessary to maintain a comfortable temperature inside.
Many buildings throughout Africa could benefit from improved insulation that will not require constant maintenance and where the insulation will last for a long time. If fungal and bacterial growth can also be addressed, it will add significantly to the quality of life.
high heat barrier
To improve safety in areas where exposure to high heat sources present a hazard
To reduce the energy losses inherent in areas where fluids and gasses are transported via piping
A number of coatings have been developed to address a range of problems relating to substrate contamination, bacterial growth reduction, anti pathogen protection.
SinanO protective coatings
Made from silicon dioxide - also called liquid glass.
SiO2 - from the environment for the environment
The raw materials are rich in natural content and are therefore environmentally-friendly. Most sand on the earth is made up of silicon dioxide (quartz). Not only is there plenty of it but because of its durability and chemical resistance it is also resistant to the weather. It is also the main component in all (quartz) glass.
By reducing the requirement for cleaning agents or other chemical processing products for the most diverse range of surfaces, the functional properties of SiO2 coatings in the nano-technology sector aid in protecting the environment.
The technology was developed in Germany
Locally blended and packed
anti graffiti coatings
highly effective against graffiti on a wide range of substrates
to protect substrates against poster glue
anti microbial coatings
to stunt bacterial growth on substrates
active anti pathogen coatings to combat pathogens
medical equipment coatings
Antimicrobial coatings can give major benefits in areas of healthcare, by helping to minimise the persistence and spread of microbes such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Such coatings are seen as an addition to, and not a replacement for, the procedures in place for decontaminating and sterilising surgical equipment and operating theater surfaces (such as disinfectants, autoclaving etc.). Coatings can help minimise the ability of microbes to bind and start growing on surfaces that are exposed to patient body fluids during normal operating procedures.
Advanced wear protection with WS2
Nano powder Tungsten Disulphide (WS?) can be used as a dry lubricant or in lubricant oil. When material is manufactured into nanoparticles, its reactivity increases. The smaller the particle size, the higher the surface area. Nanoparticles have a very high surface area to volume ratio. This enables a higher percentage of atoms (in nanoparticles) to interact with other matter. Therefore the Surface Area (measured in square meters per gram) is an important unit of measure for a Nano lubricant. The higher the surface area, the higher the lubricity.
Resists carbon build-up from burnt deposits due to its extremely low coefficient of friction - less than half that of Moly and Teflon.
Solves problems such as: friction, excessive wear, seizing, galling and fretting.
Enhances the performance of all oils and greases.
Eliminates and reduces costly maintenance problems that cause breakdowns and expensive downtime by stopping galling fretting and friction caused by dissimilar metals and their different hardnesses.