There’s a lot of innovation today in electrospinning and nanofibers. How does DiPole Materials fit into this space?
Electrospinning is a technology that’s been around for a hundred years – which really speaks to the robustness of this type of process and in particular to the utility of nanofibers. When we electrospin a material, we end up with a 3D mesh of nanofibers that provide material that has an incredibly high surface area to volume ratio.
Every day we see new nanofiber applications coming out of academic labs for uses in batteries, air/water filtration, drug delivery,tissue culture, food preservation, etc. Really what the nanofibers are doing is one of three things 1) providing a high surface area to volume ratio to increase the efficiency of a reaction 2) provide a filter or barrier or 3) provide a 3D nanostructure to recreate a particular cellular environment.
Where the innovation comes in, and where Dipole Materials comes in, is entering emerging markets where innovation requires one of those three things to be met.
To your question, DiPole Materials plays in four major areas: one is life science, the second is technical textiles and the third is catalysis. And the fourth, if you will, is in specialty applications.
The reason we are in these spaces is because that’s where we believe nanofibers really move the needle.And to achieve our mission, we have a team of experts in place to fill out those areas nicely. Our goal is to work with our customers to solve their problems using nanofiber-based solutions.