About

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 Defense Innovation Award, and was recognized with a 2019 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.  SkyNano was founded in 2017 as a spin-out of Vanderbilt, and incubated at the Department of Energy funded Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Technology

How is SkyNano's solution different from other CO2 utilization efforts?


A few of the big differentiators for SkyNano's technology compared to others is the high value of our end product produced from CO2, which means we can deploy this technology immediately without the need for a carbon tax or reduced electricity pricing, our product provides permanent CO2 storage because it doesn't re-emit CO2 in it's life cycle, and we're introducing a product that's cost competitive in the marketplace from day one.




Does the CO2 input to SkyNano's process need to be high purity or concentrated?


Not at all! While many projects across the carbon capture, utilization, storage, and transformation space focus on one of these technologies, SkyNano's process is a capture, transformation, and storage technology all in one sleek process. We're able to capture CO2 out of dilute streams through the excellent uptake properties of metal oxides we use as part of our process. So far, we've tested pure CO2, direct air, and the flue gas off a natural gas power plant.




CO2 is a very stable molecule, doesn't it take lots of energy to break it apart?


CO2 is indeed a very stable molecule! SkyNano's process is efficient because we rely on CO2 decomposition through a carbonate electrolysis chemical process that has been studied since the early 1900's by scientists around the world. Using the basic chemical process our technology relies on, it takes 4 electrons to break apart CO2 into C and O2.




How are SkyNano's carbon products different from what's on the market today?


SkyNano's carbon nanotube products will, at scale, be a fraction of today's market price for high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes. This lets us enter into markets that currently use other carbon structures such as carbon black, where carbon nanotubes can improve the properties and performance of the devices and materials they're integrated into. SkyNano is the only company to offer high quality small and medium diameter carbon nanotube products on the market. SkyNano also offers other CO2-derived carbon powder products that are different from many others on the market in the structures and blends of carbon included in our heterogeneous carbon powders.




What are the main applications for SkyNano's products?


SkyNano's carbon products are great candidates for improving the performance of batteries, tires, coatings, textiles, composites, plastics, and many more. Today, about 60% of our customers are using our carbon materials for battery applications to improve conductivity in both electrodes, which helps facilitate faster charging and higher energy density.





General

How is SkyNano funded?


SkyNano has raised $5M in non-dilutive funding to date from various sources including the National Science Foundation, multiple offices within the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the State of Tennessee, a few pitch competitions, and early customer funding through sales and joint development agreements.




How can I work with SkyNano?


Great question!! Please visit our Work With Us page to learn more about how SkyNnao solutions can meet your needs. We work with various stakeholders including CO2 emitters, battery manufacturers, tire producers, composites manufacturers, and conscious brands. We even have soluitions fit for space environments!




Where can I get in contact to learn more?


Please reach out via our contact form!





Products

What are SkyNano's core products?


SkyNano produces a variety of carbon structures using our novel CO2-negative electrochemical process. Our core product offerings include multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs), among other carbon-based powders that have structures including spherical carbon particles, multi-layer graphene flakes, and more. Please contact us to learn more about our carbon products and how they can help meet your needs.




Can I sample SkyNano's carbon materials?


Definitely! Beginning in 2021, SkyNano started selling small research quantities (<100g) of carbon nanotubes and other carbon blend powders to early customers in a range of industries and settings. Fill out our contact form to discuss a sample!




How are SkyNano's products packaged?


As of today, we are providing our CNT materials in a powder form, packaged in sealed glass or plastic jars. We plan to provide dispersions of our CNT materials in a variety of liquid media in the near future!




How should I handle carbon nanotubes?


Please reach out to us via our contact page for an SDS form if you have purchased carbon powders from us and need more information on how to handle carbon powders.