Published on Tuesday July 3, 2007
Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was featured on the front page of the June 29 to July 5, 2007, weekly edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal for his collaboration with NanoBlox Inc. Dr. Gogotsi's research team, led by Dr. Vadym Mochalin, developed a technology that enables nanodiamonds to be used for the various applications envisioned by NanoBlox.
According to NanoBlox's chief technology officer Chuck Picardi, nanodiamonds can be used for drug delivery, drug diagnostics, medical imaging, nonstick cookware surfaces and engine lubricants, among other applications.
Before nanodiamonds can be used, however, they need to be purified.
"My group has patented and licensed to Nanoblox an air oxidation process that improves on the industry standard because it is less expensive, less harmful to the environment, more efficient, and scalable to bulk nanodiamond powder production," Gogotsi said.
Drexel's A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute is part of The Nanotechnology Institute (NTI), a collaboration led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania. It is the first comprehensive model of its kind designed to facilitate the research, development and commercialization of nanotechnology's real world applications.