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Nanoenergetics: Small Particles Yielding a Large Impact!

Nanotubes have many structures, differing in length, thickness, shape and number of layers. Nanotubes can be built up into patterns that can produce designer functionality and performance.

Thinking small can often have a big impact. This is definitely the case in nanoenergetics, a field of materials engineering using tiny particles that enables super-efficient combustion on a nano-scale. When scaled and combined, the greater surface area has better contact with oxidizing chemicals – allowing the delivery of a very, very efficient combustion. By working at the nanoscale, engineers, scientists and designers can also control the rate at which the energy is released by changing the size of the nanoparticles, allowing designers to customize the reaction for specific applications.

Applications for nanoenergetics include combustion, propellants, welding, pyrotechnics, and other applications where one would want a small and controlled, but powerful ignition. Materials like aluminum are commonly used for nanoenergetics and have high energy density; however, these particles are highly reactive and will self-ignite in air. Oceanit has developed a novel technology to enable safe transport and handling of nano particles, while simultaneously enabling controlled reactions under specific conditions.

For more information about nanoenergetics, contact Oceanit by telephone (808) 531-3017 or via e-mail at