At nH2, we are constantly discovering new technologies to bring to market, nurturing them through the discovery pipeline from invention to commercialisation. Here are some of our current highlights:
As a computational platform for novel material discovery, Mi3Data will set a new standard in intelligent software for predictive material science.
Mi3 will grow as it gathers fresh research from scientists and universities creating an increasingly rich data platform. As a result, it will significantly reduce the time and cost required to discover new molecular combinations and to develop new materials.
OLED displays offer vivid colours and thin screens but anything larger than a phone screen is problematic and expensive to produce. nVerpix is about to change that with a new, carbon nanotube-based OLED pixel technology.
Central to this new pixel architecture is nVerpix’s CN-VOLET, a vertical organic, light-emitting transistor, that combines the previously separate drive transistor and light emitting elements of an OLED pixel into a single, vertically stacked element achieving stunning brightness with low currents.
nVerpix’s unique carbon nanotube-based technology brings the possibility of affordable, large-scale, flexible and transparent displays within reach for the first time.
Neutron radiation is hard to shield and therefore a very useful indicator of radioactive material, but it is hard and expensive to detect.
In Wand we have combined boron-activated nano-materials with thin-film circuitry to create a lightweight detection system. Wand can be used to coat structures as large as entire tunnels or as small a lapel pin, making real-time scanning of traffic and crowds a very real and, at one sixth of the price of existing detectors, inexpensive possibility.
Our filters can be tailored to remove a wide range of chemical contaminants such as arsenic, fluoride, and heavy metals, as well as biological impurities like viruses and bacteria. Best of all, the system requires no electricity or chemical additives for water purification, and very little maintenance, keeping costs low. Flow rates and capacities can also be customised to suit a wide range of different applications.
Combining infra-red sensitive, nano-sized crystals, or Quantum dots, with organic LEDs (OLEDs), our thin-film technology opens up the potential for a huge range of new night vision applications, from head-up night vision displays in cars to affordable, non-intrusive night vision glasses.
Another research avenue our team is pursuing with this technology is improving the efficiency of solar panel by widening their sensitivity to light energy in the infra-red part of the spectrum.
Paramata utilises radio waves and proprietary detection and data visualisation techniques to provide unparalleled resolution and scanning depth. Our prototypes are already more effective at detecting defects in composite materials than any other scanning technology on the market.
The first generation of Paramata will fit inside a suitcase for easy transportation and use. We are also working towards automating the scanning process with robotics, introducing it as part of a vehicle’s regular maintenance cycle. Paramata's scanning technology could also be applied to materials as a coating or integrated into the materials themselves, providing maintenance teams and flight crews with live monitoring systems.
Our vision with eFlowBox is to put into people’s hands the power to generate, store and supply cheaper energy, allowing them to switch between different energy supplies depending on availability and cost, and to store any excess power they produce for use at a later time.
The system could help households dramatically reduce their energy costs, and help ensure reliable sources of electricity for the 1.6 billion people currently living in areas with intermittent grid supply. It could also be scaled up to provide smart energy management for local communities, transferring energy from home to home according to different supply and demand parameters.
Our scientists at nSolgel have developed a process of chemical washes and reactions that enable sand particles to bond with cement-like strength. Unlike conventional concrete manufacturing, which requires time for the concrete to set and cool-down before further layers can be added, nSolgel’s manufacturing process occurs at room temperature, allowing for continual pouring – particularly valuable in large construction projects or difficult environments.
nSolgel can also be fine tuned to suit a range of different construction applications, by adjusting features such as setting times, compressive strength, flow rate and solidification under water. This makes it a highly practical solution to major civil engineering problems.