American Nanotechnologies is developing and demonstrating novel systems for the large-scale purification of high-value dielectric materials that can reduce the cost of semiconducting carbon nanotube production by orders of magnitude.

Many dielectric materials needed for next-generation technologies can be synthesized at industrial-scale but require post-synthesis purification that cannot be performed cost-effectively. American Nanotechnologies, Inc. (ANI) is developing technology for large-scale phase separation of dielectric materials. If successful, the implementation of these systems could drastically improve the efficiency and scale of manufacturing high-purity dielectric materials.

American Nanotechnologies is enrolled in ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program. TAEBC and Launch Tennessee provide non-exclusive business mentoring services to the Innovation Crossroads Innovators.

Innovation Crossroads is a new program based at ORNL that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace.

The Tennessee Valley Authority joins Innovation Crossroads as a program sponsor enabling an innovator focused on energy-related research. Innovation Crossroads is also sponsored by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Several entrepreneurs have been selected to transform their ideas into clean energy companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Innovators receive a fellowship that covers living costs, benefits and a travel stipend for up to two years, plus up to $350,000 to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL.