First Nanotube Technology Center of Latin America to be inaugurated in Belo Horizonte
The objective of CTNano is to develop technologies that improve polymers, concrete, cement and several other materials. The project included scientific research by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).
Today, April 16th, the first Center of Nanomaterial and Grapheme Technology (CTNano/UFMG) of Latin America will be inaugurated in the Technology Center of Belo Horizonte. InterCement was one of the investors and participants of the project, which also included scientific research by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).
The objective of CTNano is to develop and disseminate technologies promoting nanotube synthesis and to assess aspects of operational health. This will increase the life span of materials such as polymers and improve the mechanical properties of cement and concrete.
Seiiti Suzuki, manager of Research & Development at InterCement, says that “the use of nanotubes can result in an increase of mechanical properties, which is why they improve the durability of materials. “These nanostructured materials can be monitored since they generated a micro electric current, allowing for real time structure observation by electronic devices”.
Partnerships leading to patents
As a partner of UFMG since 2008, InterCement has been gathering the fruits of labor from research results and technological evolutions developed there.
Recently, the partnership generated a patent request related to the insertion of nanotubes in high-degree furnace slags, which is a material used in the production of cement.