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, photovoltaics, electronics, and coatings to name a few. Our initial market foci is high energy capacity anodes for lithium-ion batteries and quantum dot based phosphors for solid-state lighting, 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick has over 15+ years operational experience with high-tech ventures. He founded and served as President of Sirigen, an advanced materials company, acquired by Becton; Dickinson and Co. Patrick has a BA and Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Engineering Management from UCSB where he continues to serve as a Mentor for the Technology Management Program. He has served in numerous executive roles for startups.
Alexander L. Girau, M.S.
Chief Technology Officer, President, 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 PhD scholar at Tulane University and left early to found Advano. 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 largest business accelerator for early-stage clean energy technology ventures.
Mr. Girau 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.
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
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