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QuantumSphere Awarded Patent for Nanomaterials Manufacturing Process Aim at Clean Energy

by Editor1 last modified November 28, 2007 - 20:30

QuantumSphere Inc. (Santa Ana, Calif.) has been awarded a U.S. patent for its gas-phase condensation process, a manufacturing method to produce nanomaterials for the clean-energy sector. The company’s QSI-Nano Gas Phase Condensation [awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,282,167], produces ultrapure, highly uniform metals and alloys at under 50 nanometers, and leverages resulting high surface areas to cut costs, boost performance of batteries and fuel cell electrodes performance, as improve high-rate, on-demand hydrogen generation, said QuantumSphere CEO and co-founder Kevin Maloney.

QuantumSphere Awarded Patent for Nanomaterials Manufacturing Process Aim at Clean Energy

QuantumSphere’s QSI-Nano GPC process, allows for volume production of highly active catalyst materials that improve electrode performance in batteries, fuel cells, and on-board production of hydrogen through electrolysis for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The technology submitted for patent as “Method and Apparatus for Forming Nanoparticles,” is also known as, will be used to ramp production of advanced catalyst materials to enhance performance and lower cost for battery and clean-energy applications.

The Technology Driving QSI-Nano GPC
QuantumSphere’s QSI-Nano GPC process, allows for volume production of highly active catalyst materials that improve electrode performance in batteries, fuel cells, and on-board production of hydrogen through electrolysis for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The nanomaterials produced by the company serve in catalytic, conductive, magnetic and antimicrobial processes for a wide range of applications. The automated, scalable, and environmentally safe manufacturing process is the first in the industry at making ultrapure, highly uniform and narrow size distribution particles without the use or production of hazardous chemicals or gasses.


“In our experience, other methods for making nanomaterials to such exacting measurements proved too costly, too labor intensive, too inconsistent or unsafe,” Maloney said in a statement. “The key to our company’s patented process is the ability to make commercial volumes of nano metals and alloys in a fully automated and scalable manner while maintaining size and purity.”

Maloney went on to explain the process: This manufacturing process has been perfected over five years to the point where it now yields several kilograms of materials per reactor, per day, in a manner that is safe to employees and the environment. This ability enables us to supply multiple mainstream industries with nano metals and alloys at low cost. The QSI-Nano GPC process will be instrumental in fulfilling our company’s vision of enabling cleaner renewable energy sources for our future.

The QSI-Nano GPC process is computer controlled and fully automated which allows continuous production of high quality materials and enables a significant reduction in costs for the production of QSI-Nano Iron, Silver, Copper, Nickel, Cobalt, Manganese, and other nano metals and alloys. The company will bring three additional reactors online in January 2008, with a total production capacity of more than 500 kilograms per month.

About QuantumSphere, Inc.
QuantumSphere, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of superior, high-performance nano metals and alloys and a developer of nano-enabled electrode devices for clean-energy applications founded in 2002.