2006-11-28 News Release
Nanotechnology production process improves plastics
At the NanoSolutions trade fair Baytubes operations to showcase a cost effective production process that improves the properties of plastics.
At the "NanoSolutions" trade fair, EXPO XXI, Kongresshalle
in Cologne, Stand C 9 from November 28 to 30, 2006, Bayer to focus on
new applications for carbon nanotubes, showcasing a new manufacturing
process offering outstanding purity at a lower cost.
As an example, the automotive industry will soon be able to reduce the
cost of painting plastic fenders: adding just minimal amounts of Baytubes
makes the semi-finished parts electrically conductive, and this new material
property supports more efficient and environmentally friendly coating
processes based on countercharged, solvent-free powder coating particles.
Bayer Technology Services, that optimizes recipes and make processes more efficient, is presenting its comprehensive nanotechnology know-how and service portfolio at "NanoSolutions". As well as covering the development of cost-effective processes for synthesizing and isolating customized nanoparticles such as the above-mentioned Baytubes, this also involves the modification and processing of nanoparticles in the context of application development and the characterization of nanoparticles. "The interplay of synthesis development, application development and characterization enables us to develop innovative products that have been efficiently functionalized for our customers using nanotechnology on an industrial scale," explains Dr. Axel Eble, Head of Product Design & Nanotechnology at Bayer Technology Services. As well as developing new materials, this is also of relevance to the electronics industry and life sciences sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics and crop protection. For example, nanophosphors are being introduced for diagnostic applications. "Although we have long been familiar with nanotechnology, it is only in recent years that the synergies have become well-known enough in many industries to enable us to fully utilize its potential for our customers in new product developments," comments Eble.
Dr. Peter Kruger, Head of the Bayer Nanotechnology Working Group, will be providing an overview of nanotechnology activities in all Bayer subgroups during a lecture he will give at the fair. The lecture will be held on November 30, 2006 at 12 noon in the "Key Note Arena" at the exhibition venue.
Another key area of Bayer’s involvement at the fair will be the company’s wide-ranging research activities relating to the safe and responsible use of nanomaterials. This will cover aspects including the company’s commitment to numerous initiatives such as the "NanoCare" project. This research project, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), brings together the know-how of 13 companies, universities and research facilities. They will work together to develop generally accepted measuring and testing methods that can be utilized to analyze the safety issues relating to nanomaterials. Bayer is also involved in various working groups organized by the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and in the "Responsible Production and Use of Nanomaterials" working group of the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA).
With sales of EUR 10.7 billion in 2005, Bayer MaterialScience AG is one of the world’s largest polymer manufacturers. Its main fields of activity are the production of hightech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in almost all areas of everyday life. The main consumer sectors are the automotive, electrical/electronics, construction, sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience is part of the Bayer Group, has production facilities at 40 sites around the world and a workforce of approxmately 18,800.
Bayer Technology Services GmbH offers fully-integrated solutions along the life cycle of chemical/pharmaceutical plants - from development through engineering and construction to process optimization for existing plants. The Bayer subsidiary employs more than 2,100 experts worldwide at its headquarters in Leverkusen and other German locations, as well as in regional offices in Baytown, Texas, U.S.A.; Antwerp, Belgium; Mexico City, Mexico; and Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
* Baytubes is a registered trademark of Bayer MaterialScience, part
of the Bayer Group.
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