Interview with Kurt Swogger, CEO, Molecular Rebar Design.

What are the benefits of your technologies or materials? 
Molecular Rebar Design, LLC (MRD) has invented, patented, and developed discrete or individual carbon nanotubes made from as produced bundle of million of carbon nanotubes. Called Molecular Rebar®, this discrete form has a high length over diameter and is sized in the manometer range.  MR has a dramatic effect on mechanical, physical, electrical and transport properties always promised but never really delivered by carbon nanotubes till this time.

How does Molecular Rebar Design (MRD) bridge the gap between the theoretical performance of carbon nanotubes and their commercial viability because of their poor dispersibility? 
MRD supplies MR in the totally dispersed form in water, solvents, and other formulations.  Dispersing the individual tubes allows for fully dispersed and stable formulations which can be incorporated into material keeping the dispersed state.

Can you tell us more about some of your successful partnerships?
We have partnerships in energy storage, 3D printing, rubber, and medicine.  We are selling lead battery additives that prolong battery life, increase charge rate and allow partial state of charge operation; we are qualifying lithium battery additives with about 10 suppliers to allow for higher energy density with acceptable loss in battery cycle lifetime, to allow for much faster charge rates (5X) and to allow for longer battery lifetime; we are selling and developing rubber additives that create more durable and energy efficient rubber compounds for parts and tires; and a partner is launching Additive Manufacturing compounds that have higher dimensional stability and impact resistance as well as better electrical properties.

How is MRD leading the future when it comes to new technology? 
MRD has the best dispersing products with more consistent performance.  It also has over 115 composition of matter patents covering the use of discrete carbon nanotubes in a variety of applications.  To get the best performance from carbon nanotubes that live up to the promise the cnt’s must be discrete in the final products and that is what MRD provides.

What can visitors expect from your stand? 
We plan to show the uniqueness of MR and to show what impact it makes in a variety of applications as well as the I/P that protects it.

What are you looking forward to demonstrating at The Nanotechnology Show and The Advanced Materials Show USA? 
The viability and performance of MR use in a variety of applications and showing the breadth and coverage of the MR patent protection.

What excites you most about the advanced materials industry?   
I have been working with materials particularly plastics for most of my career; advanced materials are allowing a resetting of what materials can do.  Additions of small amounts of MR to existing materials such as elastomers, battery pastes, and other materials radically changes performance ranges and relationships – creating new opportunities for lower costs and better performance particularly durability.

What will you be looking out for yourselves at The Nanotechnology Show and The Advanced Materials Show USA 2021? 
We will be seeking new customers or partners to grow the applications of MR and other nanomaterials.