Published on Thursday April 26, 2007
The Drexel Nanotechnology Institute's (DNI) collaboration with Philadelphia-based Nanoblox, Inc., was featured in the April 2007 edition of KEYnotes, the newsletter of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP). According to the BFTP Web site, the organization works to diversify and strengthen Pennsylvania's economy by focusing on entrepreneurial development and technological innovation.
In the article, it is explained that Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of DNI, first introduced NanoBlox to BFTP through his association with the Ben Franklin's Nanotechnology Institute (NTI). NanoBlox-founded in 2003 by Chief Technology Officer Charles Picardi, Co-founder Dan Pepe and a group of Russian scientists-specializes in the making of versatile particles such as nanodiamonds. In the BFTP article, Picardi is quoted: "Nanodiamonds are valuable for three primary reasons. One, they are carbon-based and non-toxic, so they can be used in drug delivery, drug diagnostics and medical imaging. Two, the outer grapheme shell is an excellent lubricant, adding slipperiness to many materials. And three, diamonds are one of the best-known heat-transfer materials in the world, making nanodiamonds ideal for improving thermal conductivity."
Nanoblox' association with NTI has been instrumental in securing a place for the young company in the technical world, according to Picardi. The partnership between Nanoblox and Drexel's DNI has also resulted in groundbreaking research and development on the part of both entities.