Georgia Tech research, expertise and equipment helped Atlanta startup Carbice create a product that uses nanotechnology to prevent electronics from overheating.
As Carbice is working to scale the manufacturing of its Carbice Carbon product after raising a $15 million Series A round, Georgia Tech is considering using that startup’s success as a model to create a center for nanomaterial manufacturing.
“If we were to use these lessons learned and create a nano-manufacturing center, then this center could serve as a hub to help other companies, whether it be startups like Carbice or other manufacturers that want to get into nano-manufacturing,” said John Morehouse, director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing who helped connect Carbice to resources across the state to scale its business.
A nanomaterial is less than 100 nanometers and has uses across different industries, such as in electronic circuits, paints or vaccines.
“Nanomaterials allow you to tailor the properties of whatever your ultimate application is,” said Craig Green, Carbice's chief technology officer. “You can manipulate things at almost an atomic scale, so you can be very targeted and strategic.”
Green said Carbice’s nanomaterials are high thermal conductivity fibers, which are put on a small piece of aluminum foil. The product looks like a black piece of aluminum foil, Green said, which then can be stuck onto a device in a computer to reduce the amount of heat it generates.