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Our Research & Development nanotechnology research department can count on a multidisciplinary team with expertise in thermodynamics, chemistry, physics and analytics. Our engineers constantly keep updated with latest global research findings thanks to the relationship with universities and research centres.  The technology transfer process from the University of Salento to TCT NANOTECH allowed the start up of experimental laboratories and the creation of plants for the production and manipulation of nanoparticles and nanofluids. We are very attentive at respecting the environment as our objective is to provide products that can reduce wastes and optimise performance so to consume less and save money.

Our cooperation is made in close contact with the University of Salento, which has a deep experience in the nanotechnology field with an avant-garde department of Innovation Engineering. The partnerships with the National District of Technology for Energy “Di.T.N.E.”, the University of Salento, the National Centre of Research (CNR) and the National Centre for material technology (ENEA) lead the company towards an innovative industrial and business perspective focused on nanotechnology.

TCT NANOTECH has participated to several activities, national and international research projects about nanotechnology, solar power and environmental technology. In fact, we have deeply investigated nanotechnology research and the characterisation of nano-engineered fluids in terms of thermodynamic properties and heat transfer efficiency improvement.

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INTERNATIONAL PATENTS

 

We have four patents registered internationally thanks to our participation and collaborations in the field of nanotechnology research. Our patents encompass the plant and methodology for production of nanoparticles and the transformation of nanopowders into our high performance heat transfer nanofluids suitable for many industrial thermal applications. Additional patents refer to the creation of a plant for the cultivation of marine plants and a plant and methodology for the production of “Peneidi Shrimps.”


This patented technology refers to the generation of metal oxide nanoparticles with specific composition, size and morphology. Definition of morphology and dimensions of metal oxide nanoparticles is achieved by controlling the process conditions and particularly pressure, temperature and residence time of the reagents in the system step by step. The plant is able to produce on industrial scale metal oxide nanoparticles such as Nano Copper Oxide [CuO], Nano Cerium oxide [CeO2], Nano Titanium Oxide [TiO2], Nano Aluminium Oxide [Al2O3] and Nano Zinc Oxide [ZnO].  The nano-particles obtained have size less than 20 nm and are used as anticorrosive, thermo conductive, photo catalytic and thermo catalytic additives.

High Performing Heat Transfer Fluids (HHTFs) are the nanofluids where small size metal oxide particles are used to increase the thermal conductivity of the base fluid. Nanofluids contain metal oxide particles in suspension inside conventional fluids. Nanofluids developed and formulated by TCT are characterized by high heat transfer capability and suspension stability due to the optimized morphology, chrystal phase, dimensions and concentration of the nanoparticles as related to the patented formulation.

This invention refers to a system for artificial cultivation of marine plants. It’s a closed hydraulic system simulating proper environmental conditions for the growth of marine plants (such as “Posidonia Oceanica”) and algae to protect the marine environment and to be employed for pharmaceutical and cosmetic usages. The optimal environmental conditions are controlled by a monitoring system. Specifically, the luminosity intensity, duration and distribution, the temperature of the salty water, the water waves reproduction and the sand bulk are monitored and adjusted to achieve a fast growth of leaves and roots and a better plants anchorage.

Development and optimisation of a technology that allows the breeding of marine animals with population and reproduction rate. The system is made of a purification system for water in a closed system obtaining a production of 16tons/10000m2. The optimal environmental conditions are controlled by an ad-hoc monitoring system where luminosity intensity, duration and distribution and water temperature are specifically adjusted for the best growing and reproduction rate of the animals.


PATENTED PRODUCTION PLANT

 

TCT NANOTECH has a patented system for generating nanoparticles of metal oxide with size of 7 nanometers and controlled morphology. The industrial process has been developed starting from chemical and scientific literature and it has been registered with four international patents related to advances in nanotechnology research. Nanoparticles of metal oxide are a widely used material in many different fields for several applications, in fact they can be used as catalysts and photo-catalysts, superconducting materials, thermoelectric and sensing materials.

The chemical reactions occur using raw materials in a properly designed chemical reactor that was fully developed on the base of thermodynamics needs of the reaction system. The invention refer to the generation of nanoparticles of metal oxides. The plant is able to generate nanoparticles of Copper Oxide, Cerium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide and Aluminum Oxide with specific composition, size and morphology. Our team further manipulates chemically and mechanilly the nanoparticles to obtain our ready to be used high performance nanofluids.