Aneeve Nanotechnologies

Company Background

Aneeve Nanotechnologies is a startup company spun off of UCLA and USC developing nano enabled “carbon” electronics to bridge the gap between emerging and traditional technologies. The company was founded in 2007 by supplying pristinely aligned carbon to Northrop Grumman for high performance RF device applications. Aneeve is currently based on campus at the UCLA Incubator within the new $175M California NanoSystems Institute building. Aneeve’s larger mission is to develop carbon electronics for emerging markets such as low power display and wireless mobile devices (1a).  Aneeve has been conducting proof-of-concept work at the tech incubator with the mission of developing superior, low-cost, high-performance electronics using nanotechnology solutions that bridge the gap between emerging and traditional platforms (2).

Suppliers and Buyers

Aneeve Technologies supplies Northrop Grumman with aligned carbon (1a).

Strategic Partnerships

Aneeve Nanotechnologies still holds relationships with UCLA and USC (1a).  The startup includes collaborators from the departments of materials science and electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the department of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California (2).  As a startup in the UCLA incubator, Aneeve receives the benefit of access to the core facilities within California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) (3).

Innovation and Technology

Aneeve has developed a printed electronics technology platform based on carbon nanotubes. Their team has developed a library of CNT transistors for RF, digital and switch applications along with a suite of passive and sensor devices for system-on-plastic type applications. Printed electronics is gaining wide momentum owing to the many benefits offered over conventional integrated electronics, such as low-cost fabrication. Printed electronics has found use in a range of applications such as displays and lighting to RFID, sensors and batteries. The global printed electronics market is expected to grow to $24B in 2015 with an estimated annual growth rate of over 30% (1b).

Researchers from Aneeve Nanotechnologies have used low-cost ink-jet printing to fabricate the first circuits composed of fully printed back-gated and top-gated carbon nanotube–based electronics for use with OLED displays. The process utilizes an ink-jet printing method that eliminates the need for expensive vacuum equipment and lends itself to scalable manufacturing and roll-to-roll printing. The team solved many material integration problems, developed new cleaning processes and created new methods for negotiating nano-based ink solutions. For active-matrix OLED applications, the printed carbon nanotube transistors will be fully integrated with OLED arrays, the researchers said. The encapsulation technology developed for OLEDs will also keep the carbon nanotube transistors well protected, as the organics in OLEDs are very sensitive to oxygen and moisture. The research was published in the journal Nano Letters (2).

Carbon materials are used daily in mechanical heart valves and have proven to be have excellent blood compatibility and physical properties. Carbon materials have shown antithrombotic properties with superior non-fouling attributes. Aneeve is exploiting these attributes in developing next-generation nanodiagnostic sensors using low cost printing techniques. Aneeve is currently developing various medical sensors printed on catheters and disposable plastic test strips for hormones, hormone disruptors and toxins (1b).

Aneeve Nanotechnologies has been selected to work in the UCLA on-campus Technology Incubator Program at the California NanoSystems Institute conducting early-stage research for the development of a novel hormone sensor/meter for biomedical applications in the areas of infertility and menopause. The technology increases hormonal detection sensitivity significantly, allowing detection beyond traditional sensors. The company is using this technology to develop biomedical applications that are low in power consumption and small in size and that involve ultra-sensitive nanoelectronic technologies.  Aneeve's primary research focus within the incubator will be to develop a consumer-based, simple-to-use meter for sensing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels to assist women in mitigating unwanted symptoms of menopause. The meter will provide on-demand hormonal levels so patients can better control drug intake related to hormone therapy. The system is intended to be low cost, compact and easy to use. Currently, there is no such meter commercially available (3).

Products

  • Carbon nanomaterials (1b).

Sources

  1. Aneeve Nanotechnologies (2011). Retrieved on December 21, 2012.
    1. “Overview” from http://aneeve.com/company/overview
    2. “Carbon NanoElectronics” from http://aneeve.com/technology/carbon-nanoelectronics
  2. UCLA Newsroom (2011, November 30). “UCLA researchers demonstrate fully printed carbon nanotube transistor circuits for displays.” Retrieved on December 21, 2012 from http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/fully-printed-carbon-nanotube-219814.aspx
  3. AZoNano (2010, January 7). “Aneeve Nanotechnologies to Develop Sensors to Monitor Hormone Levels for Menopause and Fertility.” Retrieved on December 21, 2012 from www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=15367