SkyNano Technologies awarded SBIR Phase II $1 million grant by NSF to lead CNT technology

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Nanotechnology experts work to scale a unique carbon capture and electrochemistry technique for rapid commercialization of carbon nanotube materials

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — SkyNano Technologies was recently awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant to lead current research efforts for the development of a scalable carbon nanotube production process.

The grant will support the ongoing expansion of SkyNano’s novel manufacturing technique for the production of carbon-based nanomaterials using carbon dioxide and electricity. This project will support domestic supply chains for carbon nanotube material at low cost-levels while reducing carbon emissions.

“This major award from the National Science Foundation will allow our team and collaborating partners to ignite the evolution of carbon capture and nanotube usage while streamlining the production of carbon nanotube products on a global scale,” said Anna Douglas, Co-Founder and CEO of SkyNano Technologies.

SkyNano currently serves a range of industries including those involved in the production of batteries, tires and ink where its carbon nanotubes replace lower quality carbon black materials. This nontraditional approach increases energy efficiency, power density, and durability within items that are mass produced and utilized on a daily basis.

“Our primary focus with this award is to increase the scale of production and enable rapid commercialization of carbon nanotube technology,” said David Wood, SkyNano’s Director of Engineering. “Funding from the NSF will help us demonstrate the commercial viability of our technique while vastly increasing the scale at which it is done.”

NSF support of this project will optimize post-growth CNT processing to better prepare end products for customer utilization. This is the next milestone towards being able to fully integrate CO2-derived carbon nanomaterials into the materials and devices we all interact with daily

About SkyNano Technologies

SkyNano is a science-based technology company focused on commercializing a free-market solution to carbon pollution. It specifically develops a novel electrochemical manufacturing technology for the capture and conversion of CO2 from various sources (atmospheric, concentrated, flue gas) into valuable carbon-based materials such as carbon nanotubes. SkyNano’s technology has been featured in many peer-review scientific papers, received recognition from a 2020 R&D100 award, a 2021 TechConnect Innovation Award, and was recognized with a Forbes 30 Under 30 award to our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Anna Douglas. In fact, both SkyNano founders are Forbes 30 Under 30 innovators, as Prof. Cary Pint was awarded the recognition in the inaugural year of the awards. To learn more visit: