CondAlign AS, Oslo, N/A, NO
CondAlign has developed a technology in which electric fields are used to align and structure particles in a viscous matrix, before curing the matrix and fixating the structures. The particles align due to dielectrophoresis and induced dipole-dipole interactions, allowing a wide range of particles and matrices to be used. The particle structures can be controlled to form pathways through the material allowing for manipulation of anisotropy, uniformity and patterns. An example application is anisotropic conductive films, where the particle alignment permits a tenfold reduction of particle content compared to traditional conductive composites. Without alignment, these materials are typically particle rich systems with concentrations above the percolation threshold. A significant reduction of filler particles can both lower costs and improve polymer properties, thereby enhancing functionality. By carefully controlling the electric fields, the technology opens for more advanced structures, like patterned films, multi-layered materials, and anisotropic conductivity. We have also developed an analogous method to create membranes with a high degree of uniformity in pore size and -distribution. CondAlign has demonstrated production capabilities in roll-to-roll (R2R) processes. We are currently refining the production technology on our pilot R2R-machine, and assisting our first customer in establishing their commercial scale manufacturing line.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6
Vetted Programs/Awards: 2016 TechConnect Innovation Award
Organization Type: Early-mid-stage Startup
Showcase Booth #: 26
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: From 2012, CondAlign has been funded by its majority owner, the Norwegian NIK III venture fund.