This is Smoltek

Smoltek is devel­op­ing process tech­nol­o­gy and con­cepts for appli­ca­tions based on car­bon nan­otech­nol­o­gy to solve advanced mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing prob­lems. By pio­neer­ing car­bon nan­otech­nol­o­gy, we are push­ing the lim­its of what is pos­si­ble in the semi­con­duc­tor and hydro­gen industries.

Our pri­ma­ry focus is car­bon nanofi­bres (CNFs), which have excit­ing prop­er­ties. We have devel­oped a tech­nol­o­gy plat­form that may dis­rupt tech­ni­cal solu­tions where today’s mate­ri­als have reached their per­for­mance limit.

For exam­ple, we have devel­oped a pro­to­type of the world’s small­est capac­i­tor and are in the midst of devel­op­ing a new cell mate­r­i­al with the ambi­tion to dou­ble (or even triple) the area effi­cien­cy of PEM water-electrolyzers.

Why we do what we do

We are sci­en­tists and engi­neers with a pas­sion for nan­otech­nol­o­gy. We are in the nev­er-end­ing search of how to enhance and fab­ri­cate car­bon nanos­truc­tures with unique prop­er­ties in pre­de­fined pat­terns to enable bet­ter solu­tions with­in sev­er­al industries.

This does not mean that we lack a deep­er pur­pose for what we do. On the con­trary, we do what we do to enable dis­rup­tive solu­tions in sev­er­al areas that are impor­tant to human­i­ty – where con­ven­tion­al tech­nol­o­gy is reach­ing its limits.

How it started

Smoltek grew out of Dr. Shafiq Kabir’s research on man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods to, with great pre­ci­sion, con­trol the growth of car­bon nanos­truc­tures with desired prop­er­ties on dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als. Smoltek’s research and devel­op­ment team has since car­ried this research for­ward, made ground­break­ing inno­va­tions, and devel­oped sev­er­al solu­tions for var­i­ous appli­ca­tion areas. This effort has result­ed in 70 grant­ed patents and a fur­ther 40+ pend­ing patents worldwide.

Patents have both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions depend­ing on the per­spec­tive. For those who have invest­ed in inno­va­tion, a patent on the inven­tion is pos­i­tive. It gives them the exclu­sive right to try to recoup their invest­ment for twen­ty years. Oth­ers may per­ceive the same patent as some­thing neg­a­tive, as they, for a while, are not free to exploit the inno­va­tion as they wish. But on the whole, a patent is a good thing; it incen­tives inno­va­tors to reveal every­thing about their inno­va­tions for the com­mon good in return for a rel­a­tive­ly short peri­od of exclusivity.

For Smoltek, the patents are cru­cial because we don’t inno­vate for the sake of devel­op­ing our prod­ucts, but to offer the tech­nol­o­gy and know-how to com­pa­nies strug­gling with mate­r­i­al engi­neer­ing lim­i­ta­tions. With­out patents, we would have no way of recoup­ing our sig­nif­i­cant invest­ments in research and devel­op­ment of new mate­ri­als tech­nolo­gies and pay­ing div­i­dends to those who made those invest­ments pos­si­ble in the first place (our shareholders).

Our know-how and patents form the intel­lec­tu­al cap­i­tal upon which our busi­ness mod­el is built.

Vision

We aim to be a glob­al­ly lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment part­ner and sup­pli­er of rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing solu­tions for advanced mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing chal­lenges with­in indus­tries where the need for new dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies is sought for.

Mission

We devel­op nanos­truc­ture fab­ri­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies that solve advanced mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing problems.

This enables man­u­fac­tur­ing small­er and bet­ter micro­elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and dis­rup­tive mate­ri­als solu­tions to meet today’s and tomorrow’s mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing challenges.

Carbon nanotechnology

Smoltek’s patent-pro­tect­ed tech­nol­o­gy plat­form enables con­trolled growth of pre­cise­ly local­ized and defined nanos­truc­tures, as indi­vid­ual fibers or clus­ters, in pre­de­fined pat­terns or films. This is done through cat­alyt­ic growth pro­cess­ing, with mate­ri­als and process con­di­tions com­pat­i­ble with indus­tri­al requirements.

We devel­op tech­nolo­gies to pro­duce car­bon nanos­truc­tures hav­ing high pre­ci­sion and the desired prop­er­ties on any mate­r­i­al. This is our core tech­nol­o­gy, and it goes by the name Smol­GROW™. Part­ners can license the core tech­nol­o­gy to accom­plish solu­tions tai­lored to their unique needs and requirements.

Or, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with indus­try part­ners, we devel­op unique appli­ca­tions and prod­ucts that offer a new solu­tions to mar­ket needs. Cur­rent­ly, we are doing this in our tar­get indus­tries – semi­con­duc­tors and hydrogen.

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