Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing
Our world is going to the nanoscale. Our goal at Advano is to enable future technology by streamlining nanoscale manufacturing and processing.
Founded in 2014, Advano is a nanoparticle manufacturing and processing company that will disrupt the way nanoparticles are currently made. Advano features an innovative 4-in-1 step nanoparticle manufacturing process that is rapid, simple, efficient and highly scalable. The functionalized nanoparticles produced by Advano's process are high quality and are produced more affordably than current market price.
Our initial product focus are silicon nanoparticles due to their ubiquitous applications in lithium-ion batteries, carbon-capture, electronics, and superhydrophobic coatings. Our initial interest is high energy capacity anodes for lithium-ion batteries where we will be able to provide an unparalleled and reliable commercial source of high-quality functionalized nanoparticles.
Our Development Philosophy: "Scale-First"
As technology advances to smaller, more powerful, and more affordable components the demand for smaller, higher quality and more affordable advanced materials will exponentially increase. Regarding nanoparticles, 225,000 tons of nanoparticles were produced globally in 2015 and is expected to grow to 545,000 tons by 2019. However, the manufacturing and processing of these materials at high qualities and at commercial scales is rarely reliable, creating a very real pain-point.
Over 90% of advanced materials developed in laboratories are not able to scale successfully to commercial-scale production. At Advano we are unique by having a "scale-first" mentality regarding material development. By adopting this mentality we are able to dramatically shorten the time and cost associated with commercializing an advance material. Our goal is to become a recognized global leader in commercial-scale solutions for nanoparticle manufacturing and processing.
High-Quality Product: Surface Fuctionalized Nanoparticle Dispersions
Advano's RHEBM process produces a wide variety of functionalized nanoparticle dispersions with tunable characteristics, i.e. core material, surface functional group, and particle diameter. By changing these characteristics, we can influence the nanoparticle's physical, chemical and optoelectronic properties. Advano's process is able to produce nanoparticles of a quality and tailorability not associated with traditional top-down processes.
Initial Product: Functionalized Silicon Nanoparticles/Quantum Dots
We offer an innovative and flexible solution to tailored nanoparticle dispersion production
Tailorable Surface Functionalization
Surface functionalization is necessary for several reasons: (1) preventing aggregation of particles during milling, (2) forming a stable nanoparticle dispersion, and (3) integration of nanoparticles into a form factor, composite or device. The surface functional groups on the nanoparticle can be easily tailored allowing nanoparticles to be dispersed and integrated into a wide variety of material systems.
Ultra-Small Particle Sizes: Non-Toxic Quantum Dots
As nanoparticles reduce in size their properties deviate from the macroscopic regime and emergent quantum mechanical properties arise. Quantum Dots are semiconductor nanoparticles that are in this size regime. However, Qunatum Dots have not been able to be produced by milling due to aggregation of these ultra-small particle into larger particles. Advano is the first company to successfully produce Quantum Dots using milling.
Nanoscale Engineering and Architecture
Our novel surface chemistry opens up a new world of chemistry and nanoscale engineering by enabling hierarchical structuring of nanoparticles. Advano has successfully modified particles with a variety of moieties (e.g. conjugated polymers, dendrimers, buckyballs, siRNA, etc.).
Facile Deposition via Industrial Printing
Advano's process produces a stable functionalized nanoparticle dispersion that resist the tendency to clump into larger particles. Advano's dispersion can be viewed as an "ink concentrate" for inkjet printing due to it's superior stability and tailorable surface groups. The characteristics of the nanoparticle based film formed from inkjet deposition can be easily tailored by modifying the nanoparticle's functional group. This dispersion can also be used in gravure and roll-to-roll printing
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Dietzen brings 15+ years of early stage tech venture operational experience and expertise. He is passionate about building businesses that apply cutting edge technology and innovation to create positive social impact. Patrick has played founder and executive roles in a variety of technology companies. He founded and served as President of advanced materials company Sirigen, which successfully commercialized flagship technology developed at the University of California Santa Barbara that applied novel conducting polymer materials for fluorescent biomarker detection in healthcare diagnostics and was subsequently acquired by Becton, Dickinson & Co. The inventors of Sirigen’s technology included Alan Heeger, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of conductive polymers. Sirigen is a key success story for commercialization of a materials innovation out of a university lab. Patrick has led business development at SaurikIT, a software company that achieved $10MM annual revenue operating a mobile app store with 30+ million users. At Pomonella Partners he assisted with start-up investments. He’s consulted several scientific ventures including QTG and Aptitude Medical Systems. Other roles included serving as CEO of an e-learning start-up, leading a division of a digital marketing company, and founding and managing an early web development company that provided many clients their first website. Patrick received the 40 Under 40 Award from the Pacific Coast Business Times. He has a B.A. and Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Engineering Management from UCSB where he continues to serve as a Mentor for the Technology Management Program.
Alexander L. Girau, M.S.
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
Mr. Girau has spent over 10+ years involved with chemical and nanomaterial technology. He contributed to the research and development of Advano’s core nanomanufacturing technology while a Ph.D. scholar at Tulane University. Professionally, he has consulted as a chemical process engineer on assets worth over $1 billion for several Fortune 500 companies (Shell Exploration and Production Company, Valero Energy, Marathon, etc.) and also for early-stage ventures backed by Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures. Mr. Girau has successful experience with the development of industrial and academic partnerships with multi-national corporations in regards to commercialization of nanomanufacturing technology. Mr. Girau is also a mentor at the Cleantech Open Accelerator, the world's largest business accelerator for early-stage clean energy technology ventures. Mr. Girau matriculated as a Ph.D. scholar in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University but is currently on hiatus to commercialize Advano. He completed a M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Tulane University and a B.S. (Honors) in Chemistry and Mathematics from Loyola University.
Shiva Adireddy, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Shiva Adireddy is a Research Assistant Professor at the Physics & Engineering Physics Department at Tulane University. He received a Ph.D. in Nanomaterials design, fabrication and assembly from the University of New Orleans. He has a 10-year track record of research and development in nanotechnology, demonstrated by over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He is considered as an expert in designing, optimizing, testing, and prototyping nanodevices for advanced energy applications. He has spent the last three years working extensively with startups both as a professor, advisor, and mentor. His research interests include the fabrication of nanocomposites for energy storage, energy conversion, fuel cells, photocatalysis, and cancer therapy via thermoablation. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His publications appear in journals including Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of physical chemistry, RSC advances, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, and Langmuir.
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Brian Mitchell
Brian S. Mitchell is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been researching nanostructured materials for nearly two decades. He has over 60 refereed publications and is a Fellow of AIChE. Brian is the former Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research at Tulane University, and was Dean-in-Residence from the Council of Graduate Schools to the National Science Foundation in 2015-16.
Dr. Mark Fink
Mark Fink is a Professor of Chemistry at Tulane University. He received his ScB (Honors) in Chemistry at Brown University in 1978 and his PhD in 1983 with Professor Bob West at the University of Wisconsin where he discovered the first stable compound with a silicon-silicon double bond. His research interests are broadly in the area of main group chemistry, particularly in the area of silicon reactive intermediates, transition metal-silicon compounds, and silicon-based materials. His research has recently focused on the mechanochemical synthesis and surface modification of silicon and germanium nanoparticles. His publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organometallics, and Science. His research has been funded by grants from NSF, NASA, and Dow Cornin.
Dr. Doug Chrisey
Prof. Douglas B. Chrisey received a B.S. in physics from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1983 and a Ph.D. in engineering physics from the University of Virginia in 1987. He spent the next 17 years at the Naval Research Laboratory, mostly as the head of the Laser Processing Section. Currently, he is the Jung Chair of Materials Engineering in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Tulane University, with adjunct appointments in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tulane University and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Material Science Department. His research productivity has resulted in more than 400 citable publications and 19,000 citations and an h-index value of 48/59 (ISI Web of Science/Google Scholar). He has edited or co-edited 15 books and has 18 patents. His research interests are wide ranging and include the novel laser fabrication of thin films and coatings of advanced materials for electronics, sensors, biomaterials, functional tissue engineering, and for energy storage. He is considered one of the pioneers in the field of pulsed laser deposition and was the lead inventor of MAPLE processing technique (matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation).
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