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Israelis develop solid nano lubricant

An Israeli company which developed the first ever solid lubricant based on nanotechnology recently received world wide attention after passing rigorous space test.

The fine structure of the NanoLub

ApNano Materials Inc., an Israeli-based nanotechnology company, has developed the first solid nano lubricant which recently passed space-like tests. Unlike conventional solid lubricants similar to those made from compounds such as graphite, molybdenum and tungsten that gradually decompose, break apart, and bind to the metal surface in which they come in contact, the lubricant developed by ApNano called NanoLub reduces friction, wear and temperature significantly better than other solid lubricants, especially at high loads. It also diminishes galling, seizing and fretting of metal surfaces.

One of the most important characteristics of NanoLub is the ability to stay effective even on non-polished surfaces. Until now parts had to be machined to as smooth a surface as possible in order to provide extremely flat surfaces for friction reduction. By using NanoLub as the lubricant for the finished parts, the parts themselves can be machined to a less demanding finish since NanoLub reduces friction very efficiently even for rough contacting surfaces. This is because the NanoLub solid lubricant is trapped in the crevices of the roughened surface and is slowly released to lubricate the part during operation.

NanoLub particles have a unique structure of nested spheres that lubricate by rolling like miniature ball bearings. NanoLub is based on a revolutionary scientific discovery -- nano-spheres of inorganic compounds that were discovered at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Dr. Menachem Genut, CEO and Co-Founder of ApNano Materials, was a co-discoverer of these novel inorganic nanostructures.

Leading manufacturers around the world are showing a growing interest in the new lubricant. The Volkswagen Group has recently announced that it has included ApNano Materials products in its automotive nanotechnology program. Some international aerospace companies have also showed interest in the new product although ApNano has yet to disclose their identity.

Due to this growing interest ApNano is hoping to raise four million dollars to build a semi-industrial fabrication facility for NanoLub production. The company has already established a primary production facility, producing the necessary quantities for Beta sites and field testing. In 2005, the company intends to operate a semi-commercial reactor, producing about 100 kg a day. A commercial 1 ton per day factory will be operational in 2006.

Iddo Genuth

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