Japan's Frontier Carbon begins US nano-material operation

18 April 2005 21:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (CNI)--Frontier Carbon Corporation (FCC) of Tokyo, Japan has established a US business to meet growing commercial demand for nano-scale products in the US and Europe.

Frontier Carbon Corporation of America (FCCA) said it began production of fullerene materials in March in cooperation with TDA Research.

Fullerenes are large carbon molecules with unique properties that are suited to nanotechnology-based applications. They are stable and heat-resistant and are the only form of carbon that is soluble, leading to easy processing and a variety of chemical modifications for usable nanotechnology materials.

Headquartered in New York City, FCCA will market fullerene products under the brand name Nanom.

The company will offer a range of products including: Nanom Mix (mixed fullerenes, including C60 and C70); Nanom Purple (pure C60); Nanom Spectra (tailor-made, chemically functionalised fullerenes); and mixtures of fullerenic materials with unique properties.

In addition, FCCA said it will pursue exclusive business agreements with select customers for the development of nanotechnology-based products.

FCC was established in Japan in December 2001 as a joint venture (jv) of Mitsubishi Chemical and Mitsubishi  with the goal of becoming the world leader in the commercial production of nano-scale carbon products. FCC in 2003 began operating a 40 tonne/year commercial-scale, low-cost plant producing fullerenes.

By: Brian Ford
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