Innovation Increasing the Efficiency and Capability of Water Purification
The Argonide team strives to achieve the highest standards of quality in all aspects of manufacturing and operations. A culture of continuous improvement inspires us daily to satisfy the expectations of our customers by delivering defect-free products.
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Our History of Technology Innovation
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1994 to 2001
Innovation for NASA's Space Shuttle Program
3 SBIR Contracts Awarded for Nano Metal Powder
First Nano Metal Powder Sold
What is Nano Metal Powder?
The nano metal powders Argonide offered were produced by the electroexploded wire (“EEW”) process. Virtually all the metals produced by this process are combustible, and several of them such as aluminum, iron, titanium and zirconium are either pyrophoric or nearly so. The process is capable of manufacturing particles with an average size as small as 50 nanometers. Particles as small as 50 nm have been made in experimental quantities. Typically we produce 100 nanometer particle size powders because smaller particles are often too reactive and sometimes pyrophoric, prohibiting their shipment via aircraft. There is a maximum size of about 300 nm (average). The powders are collected and protected from oxidation by the argon in the reactor. Some of the powders including those that are pyrophoric are transferred to liquid hydrocarbon. In the case of Alex®nanoaluminum powder, before removing it from the chamber the particles are passivated by exposure to dry air and are then packaged as a dry powder.
NASA Awards Argonne Phase I & Phase II Aluminized Rocket Propellants Metallic Nanopowders for Rocket Propulsion
Aluminum is a major ingredient in solid rocket fuels, often combined in a rubbery binder along with particles of oxidizer. When burning aluminum in solid propellants, the energy utilized can be diminished because the droplets agglomerate, producing larger droplets and slower combustion that can occur too late (after the nozzle) to be effective. The agglomerates, although partially oxidized, often slag up on the internal surfaces of the engine, reducing combustion efficiency and weighing down the vehicle.
As with solid propellants, adding aluminum to liquid fuels would also provide a theoretical advantage in higher volumetric energy density, but the metal must be uniformly dispersed and remain so in the hydrocarbon. As with solid propellants, aluminum combustion must be rapid enough so that it is consumed within the rocket engine. The most effective means of achieving complete combustion is to use powders with particle sizes at least an order of magnitude or two smaller than the metal powder ordinarily used in solid propellants. This article focuses on Alex® nanosize aluminum particles manufactured by the electroexplosion of metal wire (“EEW”) and its use in liquid and solid rocket propellants.
Argonide lunches Sale of Nano Alumina Fibers
Alumina nanofibers are very small fibers made from aluminum metal or aluminum containing materials. The fibers range in size from 1-100 (nm) in diameter and can be up to several micrometers in length. To give perspective, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Alumina nanofibers consist of either aluminum oxide (Al2O3) or aluminum hydroxide, such as aluminum oxide hydroxide (AlOOH), commonly referred to as boehmite, or aluminum trihyroxide [Al(OH)3], commonly referred to as gibbsite, bayerite or nordstrandite.
How Alumina Nanofibers are used for Treating Drinking Water?
Alumina nanofibers have been incorporated into cartridge filters to increase their ability to remove contaminants. The nanofibers have two particular attributes that make them attractive for use in drinking water filters – the proven capability of alumina to adsorb various contaminants in conjunction with the extremely high surface areas of the nanofibers allow for potential adsorption of significant amounts of contaminants. This could extend the life of a filter. The electrostatic attraction allows for the potential adsorption (and thus removal) of viruses which are on the submicron and nanoscale. This would improve a filter‟s microbial pathogen removal capabilities. Research has shown the potential for Al2O3 alumina materials and Al2O3 alumina nanofibers to remove or reduce virus concentrations in water.
Source: USAPHC: Fact Sheet 31-015-0211
Argonide Recieves SBIR Award from NASA for Biological Filter For Space Cabin Water
Alumina (AlOOH) nanofibers (NanoCeram™) only 2 nm in diameter were developed in Russia under a CRADA of Argonide with the Department of Energy. Argonide immobilized the fibers into a filter and subsequently was awarded an SBIR contract by NASA to develop a filter for space cabins. The filters, which received a “Best 100 New Product” award by R and D magazine, are being commercialized in January 2003 in the form of laboratory size filters for biotech applications. The filters are highly electropositive as a result of the high surface area, covered by hydroxide groups and attract and retain pathogens and virus that are principally electronegative.
2002 to 2013
NanoCeram® Technology Invented and Developed
2002 to 2013 NanoCeram® Technology Invented and Developed
NanoCeram® Technology Initiated
SBIR Phase II Award from NASA
NanoCeram® Awarded Best New Product
SBIR Phase I award from EPA for Arsenic Filter
NanoCearm Biological Filters
Virus Sampler Launched
First Patent for NanoCeram® Awarded
NanoCeram® Filters Start Market Sales
NanoCeram® receives the Hall of Fame Award from the space foundation
Ahlstrom Filtration Licenses Argonide Technology
Launch of NanoCeram® VS (virus sampler) Series
Target parameters included a cartridge capable of sampling 500 liters of river water, with high turbidity, in a period of 1-2 hours.
NanoCeram® PAC Series Introduced
NanoCeram® PB Series Introduced
NanoCeram® PACB Series Introduced
NanoCeram® DP Filters Introduced
NanoCeram® LR Filters Introduced
2014 to Today
Deal Technology Invented & CoolBlue Developed
DEAL technology Invented
Received ISO 9001 Certification
Introduced Encapsulated NanoCeram Filters
Received P231 Certification for CoolBlue