Aktiv-nano — science, which has become a business

At the 25th European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics ESAT sponsor Knapp Award, which includes prize money of 500 euros, was a young private firm Active-Nano, founded by St. Petersburg State University employee Galina Cernik.

Mechanochemistry studies the effect of mechanical stress on the physico-chemical properties and chemical reactions of substances.
Milling of powders to the smallest size of the starting substances give new properties increases the possibility of reacting with less time and energy to obtain useful effects.

Ltd. "Active-nano" performs research and development in the field of new materials, nano-materials, mechanochemistry and mechanical alloying.


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Planetary Mills — new possibilities of nanotechnology
In Russia created the planetary mill, capable of developing high speed and provide fast and efficient grinding of different materials on an industrial scale.

In planetary mills usually have three or four drum rotating around a central axis and simultaneously around their own axes in opposite directions (similar to the movement of the planets around the sun). In the material to be ground is loaded drums and grinding media (usually balls). The particles of the crushed material undergoes many collisions with grinding bodies and the walls of the drum. The effectiveness of planetary mills due to the high kinetic energy of grinding media, due to the high speed of their movement to create a high voltage-activated material.


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The planetary mill MPP-1 (HDT).


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Planetary mill MP-5 (TTD). Powder yield <10 microns 3 — 5 t / h

If the acceleration in the conventional ball grinders equal to the force of gravity, in the modern industrial planetary mills produced in Russia, it can reach up to 20-30G, and in the laboratory mills — 30-110G which reduces the time for producing fine powders dozens of times. (There is a reason for pride — until recently the laboratory planetary mill foreign production permit an acceleration of 7-8G).


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Grinding bodies (steel balls) in the drums. The package includes a laboratory planetary mill drums 3 different sizes.

Planetary mills worth devoting a separate post, today we have other heroes.

The activity of "Active-nano"
Not only have the equipment for high-shredding — need to know the optimal modes and timing of processing of the source of raw materials for production of materials with desired properties. This is what Ltd. is engaged in "Active-nano":
— Implementation of contract research
— Pilot projects to explore the possibilities of planetary mills
— Development of technologies for milling and production of composite powders
— Delivery of pilot batches of powders
— Transfer of technology


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Literature and patent search, qualified work with large data sets to help navigate the sea of scientific and technical information. Candidate. Chem. Dr. Alexander Vanin analyzes information available in the world literature of technical solutions.

Materials that are working:
— Ceramics
— Solid materials
— Composite metal / ceramic
— Dispersion strengthened alloys
— Components of anti-friction compounds
— Solid waste

Processing in planetary mills not only allows quickly and effectively grind materials down to nanoparticles, but also achieves the effect of mechanical activation, carry out the mixing and mechanical alloying powders to obtain composite materials, dispersion-strengthened alloys.

Improved properties of the materials obtained by finding optimum parameters of particle size and the effects of mechanical activation. Nanostructured powder of micron and submicron dimensions allow to obtain a high sintering density, hardness and materials.

Effective material handling customer is searched for the optimum process conditions planetary grinding mills, such as the mode and time of treatment in the mill, the material grinding media milling media and other conditions.

Feature of the approach is the ability to zoom in on processes developed at laboratory level to industrial volumes using equipment manufactured by an industrial partner of the company.

Russian and international cooperation

The team has been actively involved in the Russian and international scientific and technical programs and has extensive experience in international cooperation.

In 2000-2002, implemented the project under the grant INTAS with Russian groups and groups from England and Sweden.

In 2004, the leader of the group G. Blueberries initiated a project that has received funding on priority NMP (Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials) of the 6th Framework Programme of the Commission of the European Communities. The "activation" (2004-2007 biennium) has caused great interest of European research groups and companies. A project dedicated to grinding hard metal, ceramic and composite materials in high-energy planetary mills, brought together 12 organizations from 7 European countries (Russia, England, Germany, Spain, Greece, Poland, Turkey), including 4 universities, research centers and 2 6 companies, including HDT and European aerospace corporation EADS (Germany).


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Meeting participants of the project of the 6th Framework Programme "Activation" in the city of Chania, Crete, Greece, 2006

The 7th EU Framework Programme is designed for 2007-2013 with a budget of 50 billion euros. Every year in the framework of the FP7 announced dozens of competitions, including the topics of nanomaterials, nanocomposites and new production technologies. Contests are characterized by a high level of competition.

For a company represents the Russian program:
— Federal programs,
— Program nanoceramic,
— Financing of RUSNANO,
— The establishment of Technopark RUSNANO in St. Petersburg.

"We help our industry partners to interact with RUSNANO and prove that the product obtained by grin
ding in our mills, or by the use of anti-friction coatings of mineral relates to nanotechnology. We help reinforce the application measurements on modern equipment, provide scientific support.

We are ready to cooperate in the development and production of new materials, including nanomaterials, we invite partners for joint participation in the Russian and international programs. ".

The company "Active-nano" — a successful example of the commercialization of scientific development, contributing to the creation and dissemination of high-tech industries in Russia.

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