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Opening the doors to a brighter future with innovative materials for the next generation

Carbon is a material which has been used from ancient times, right up to the present day. Research into nano-carbons (abbreviation for nano-sized and nano-structured carbon materials) has progressed in recent years unlocking the unlimited potential of this material to a point where it is now said that the 21st Century will mark "the era of Nano Carbons." At GSI Creos, we are channeling energy into research in nanotechnology as a strategic business area and are currently leading the way in the development of applications for nano carbons in a range of products in various fields.

The realization of advanced applications through R&D into CNT

Carbere®
Scanning Electron
Microscope (SEM) image / Left
High Resolution Transmission
Electron Microscope (HR-TEM) image / Right

GSI Creos is presently working on advanced research and development of applications for our CNT, "Carbere®," a major material of nano carbons. Our research to date has revealed that "Carbere®" possesses a range of superior properties including mechanical strength and electrical conductivity etc. We have established a research and development facility, Nano Carbon Development Center (NCDC), for this new and innovative material and are currently working together with industry, academia and government organizations and have already succeeded in developing practical applications in the area of advanced composite materials and paints etc. Based on the unique properties of our Cup Stacked Carbon Nanotubes (CSCNT), GSI Creos is delivering new and innovative applications on independently developed and invented technology.

[ Business domains of our nanotechnology division ]

Paints & coating materials

Carbere® filled high-strength composite coating film
Deep sea vehicle OTOHIME
equipped with the measuring
instrument coated by "Carbere®"

Development of advanced coating systems to withstand the harsh environment
We have developed high performance resin coating systems boasting superior performance in major physical properties, such as corrosion resistance, impact resistance and abrasion resistance. Our coating systems are already being used as the surface treatment under highly corrosive environments such as onshore and offshore area and other severe conditions. These applications in chemical plants, power generating infrastructure, vessels and ocean observational systems etc. remarkably realize long lifetime of those structures, hence contribute to significant energy and resource savings.
On November 2, 2016, we and our partner in the field of paint & coating materials in Japan, "Takenaka Seisakusho Co., Ltd.," established TAKENAKA MIDDLE EAST LLC (TME) which specializes in coating service of super performance anti-corrosion paintings for all kinds of metal parts in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK, UAE) together with a local partner.
Press Release (November 17, 2016)

Fuel cells

Carbere® supporting precious metal catalysts
Catalyst supported by "Carbere®"

Significant reduction in precious metal usage and increased durability
One of the major technical issues surrounding fuel cells is said to be reducing the amount of precious metal used as the catalyst and increasing durability of the catalyst. By modifying our CSCNT using our unique technologies, GSI Creos has been resolving these problems contributing to expansion of the fuel cell market, a key player in next generation energy devices.

Advanced composite materials

Carbere® prepreg golf club
"Carbere®"
dispersed prepreg golf club

Improvement of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics) performance by approx. 30%
Using our unique technologies, we have effectively dispersed CSCNT into conventional CFRP to improve mechanical properties by approximately 30% thanks to joint development with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Main applications for this technology include sporting products such as bicycles, golf clubs, tennis rackets and fishing rods etc. With further development to increase strength and modulus, we aim to contribute to the energy field and high-speed transportation infrastructures.

Carbere®

Our transition into nanotechnology was triggered by one of our industrial products
Our transition into nanotechnology in the late 1990s was triggered by our encounter with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) equipment in our industrial products division. Our carbon nanotubes, "Carbere®," synthesized using CVD processes, have a unique shape, a stacking morphology of truncated conical graphene layers, or what we call Cup Stacked Carbon Nanotubes (CSCNT) and their superior properties are being revealed through further research and development.

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