Latest nanotech investments, commercial agreements and rounds of finance. February-March 2021

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Haydale Graphene Industries has been awarded a £1.1m loan by the UK government’s innovation agency to expand its manufacturing operations. The company is expanding its capacity to manufacture nanomaterials including graphene to meet growing demand. It is investing in an HT1400 plasma reactor and other equipment to increase production by at least eight times. The reactor will increase production at Haydale’s Ammanford facility in Wales to an industrial level with capacity to functionalise over 30 tonnes a year of graphene and other nanomaterials.

A collaboration between two Barcelona institutions and the Nanomedicine Lab at The University of Manchester – aimed at treating brain disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease – has secured £12m in funding. INBRAIN Neuroelectronics is a spin-out company from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), partners of – and supported by – the European Commission’s Graphene Flagship programme. INBRAIN’s work involves the decoding of brain signals by implanting innovative, flexible nanoscale graphene electrodes, developed in conjunction with researchers at Manchester’s Nanomedicine Lab and the National Graphene Institute (NGI).

Icelandic company Nanom (previously Greenvolt) has raised $3 million in seed funding in their goal to apply nanotechnology to existing nickel-iron and lithium-ion batteries. Funding arrives is from EU Green Deal funding, Iceland Venture Studio, and Village Global, whose network includes Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Reid Hoffman. Nanom is reporting that their tech will enable any structure of surface to become an energy storage device. In the prototyping phase, Nanom created an electric boat where the hull of the structure became the power source.

Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. (CSE: SIXW) (OTCQB: ATURF) has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds totaling $6,000,000. Sixth Wave is a development stage nanotechnology company with patented technologies that focus on extraction and detection of target substances at the molecular level using highly specialized Accelerated Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (AMIPs™). The Company is in the process of commercializing its Affinity™ cannabinoid purification system, as well as, IXOS®, a line of extraction polymers for the gold mining industry. Sixth Wave can design, develop and commercialize AMIP solutions across a broad spectrum of industries. The company is focused on nanotechnology architectures that are highly relevant for the detection and separation of viruses, biogenic amines, and other pathogens, for which the Company has products at various stages of development.

The European Commission (EC) has announced a €20 million investment in the next generation of electronics and semiconductors. The 2D Experimental Pilot Line (2D-EPL) was officially launched as the first graphene foundry to integrate graphene and layered materials into semiconductor platforms. The new project aims to keep Europe at the forefront of this technological revolution. The 2D-EPL will cover the entire value chain, from tool producers and chemical and material providers to manufacturing lines. This collaborative project will integrate several Graphene Flagship members to pioneer the fabrication of new prototype electronics, photonic devices and sensors integrating graphene and layered materials.

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