Common core technology – multiple application areas
The CA technology is about developing industrial products, based on controlling and manipulating particle structures in polymer films. The most obvious effect is to create anisotropic structures of conductive pathways through a polymer film.
Anisotropic materials can be described as having directionally different properties, depending on the dimension. The classic example is wood: the parallel fibers in wood make it behave differently along vs. across the fibers. Other examples include many composites, which are inherently anisotropic as a result of the reinforcements added. Anisotropic properties may in some cases be desired, sometimes not – and sometimes it really doesn’t matter, as long as the desired requirements are met.
For all our products, we start by mixing particles into a liquid matrix. The particle type and amount impact the conductive properties of the film, for instance electrical or thermal conductivity. The anisotropic character is realized by using an electric field to arrange the particles in the matrix. This makes more efficient use of the particles and enhances several properties, compared to random distribution. Reducing the amount of particles typically saves cost and allows the polymer to retain its original properties better. In addition, an efficient manufacturing method such as roll-to-roll production can be applied, which makes the CondAlign technology efficient and very appealing.