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DiPole Materials and Elmarco s.r.o. launch formal business partnership

28.01.2020

DiPole Materials and Elmarco to collaborate on active program to drive new US business opportunities for nanofiber equipment and materials capabilities.

DiPole Materials, LLC, an electrospinning company that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing, and Elmarco s.r.o., the industry′s leading electrospinning equipment supplier, today announced the launch of a formal partnership to drive mutual equipment and nanofiber materials opportunities in the US.

Under the terms of the partnership, DiPole Materials – which deploys the Elmarco Nanospider™ for its custom nanofiber manufacturing – and Elmarco will collaborate on a dynamic program to accelerate co-promotion of the DiPole team’s expertise in materials science blended with Elmarco expertise in nanofiber production equipment.  

As part of this program, DiPole Materials and Elmarco will host a regularly scheduled series of workshops at the DiPole Materials laboratory while collaborating on a range of cross-promotion efforts across the US.

“This is an exciting milestone for us at DiPole,” said Ken Malone, co-founder and CEO of DiPole Materials. “With the Elmarco Nanospider™, we’ve been able to expand our market reach in custom materials science. We now have a great opportunity to cross-promote our respective strengths to take advantage of the growing demand for quality nanofiber manufacturing equipment and production.”

“This partnership represents a true opportunity to accelerate distribution of our Elmarco product line as well as drive the overall nanofiber industry,” said Miloslav Masopust, CEO of Elmarco. “Since our founding, we’ve focused on designing and building equipment that delivers the highest quality product to meet the wide range of industry’s nanofiber needs. We look forward to partnering with DiPole Materials to leverage our common areas of focus and accelerate new business opportunities.”


About Elmarco s.r.o.:
Elmarco s.r.o, based in the Czech Republic, is the electrospinning industry´s leading supplier of industrial scale electrospinning equipment. Founded in 2000, Elmarco´s product suite is based on needle-free Nanospider™ electrospinning technology designed for effective, industrial-scale production of the highest quality nanofibers. Learn more: www.elmarco.com 

About DiPole Materials:
Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com
 

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Why are nanofibres so valued and where do they help?

Nanofibres with diameter measured in nanometers can be made from a variety of polymers and therefore can achieve various physical properties and application potential. All polymer nanofibres are unique due to their large surface-to-volume ratio, high porosity, noticeable mechanical strength and flexibility compared to their microfibre counterparts.

If you are looking for a material that is both durable and flexible, nanofibre is a clear choice.

Compared to conventional fibres, nanofibres are lightweight, have a small diameter and variable pore structure, making them ideal for use in a variety of industries, such as air filtration, liquid filtration, protective clothing manufacturing, tissue engineering, functional materials manufacturing and energy storage.

In addition, they are so variable that they can be made of both synthetic and natural materials.   There are, for example, carbon, polymer, graphite, collagen or cellulose nanofibres, and we have not yet listed all the alternatives.

Where do the nanofibres help?

Thanks to their unique physical properties, nanofibres can be used in many areas of human activity. It's not just ultra-fine masks and filters for respirators – nanofibres are helping also elsewhere. 

Air filtration

By simply adding thin coatings of electrospun nanofibers to traditional filtration substrates, the filtration performance is enhanced several fold. Nanofibers dramatically improve filtration efficiency, they have low initial and persistent pressure drop and enables possibility to optimize the interaction between flow, efficiency and filter life.

Liquid filtration

In the field of liquid filtration, nanofibre membranes with pores capable of capturing even the smallest harmful particles are used. Due to the high surface-to-volume ratio and the noticeable surface tension, particles smaller than 1 micrometer are captured. Nanofibre filter technology helps, among other things, in third world countries, where it is necessary to filter polluted water so that it is drinkable and healthy.

Tissue engineering

In the tissue engineering, nanofibres are used to produce scaffolds that support the growth, multiplication and reproduction of the biological tissue to be replaced. They are most often used to cover and heal burns and to control the release and transport of drugs into damaged tissue. The inherent biodegradability of the scaffold allows tissue transplantation and healing without the need for surgical removal of the nanofibre scaffolding.

Textile industry

Nanofibres have also found application in leisure functional clothing. Nanofibre microporous membranes have the potential to provide the wearer with thermal comfort, a better level of water resistance, and, at the same time, efficiently dissipate vapours.

Photovoltaics and the automotive industry

In the power industry, choosing the right polymer allows electrons or ions to be conducted, making nanofibres interesting for energy production and storage. In this area, nanofibres can be used for photovoltaic panels, battery storage systems and capacitors. The application of nanofibres to rechargeable batteries using silicon properties is currently being considered. This would improve the efficiency of lithium batteries present in plug-in electric vehicles. Nanofibres are already used in the automotive industry to produce more efficient automotive filters.

Military technology

In the military, nanofibres are used to improve the ability to detect chemical and biological agents. Nanofibre-enriched garments improve the protection of military personnel through their ability to filter and decompose toxins. This particular area of application has given rise to self-cleaning personal protection equipment. These mainly include masks composed of two "layers." The first is used to filter the air, while the second contains activated carbon, which absorbs harmful gases and impurities.