Fibron Technologies

Company Background

Fibron Technologies Inc. is based in Inglewood, California. The company has developed advanced organic materials based on conducting polymer technology for a variety of clean tech, energy and consumer electronics applications (2).  Fibron’s licensed technology, jointly developed by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists Richard B. Kaner, Jiaxing Huang and Yang Yang and The Aerospace Corporation scientists Bruce Weiller and Shabnam Virji, includes a variety of novel materials based on conducting polymer technology (1).

Strategic Partnerships

Fibron Technologies received $150,000 funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT (ARRA) to study polyaniline nanofiber urinary tract infection Biosensor-A multi-functional bioresponsive material (3).

Momentum Biosciences, LLC, a Culver City-based private biotechnology company, and Kolon Global Technologies, Inc a division of the Kolon (Korea Nylon) Group, manufacturer of a variety of finished polymer and textile products for the automotive, electronics, leisure and bulk materials industryare pleased to announce joint completion of $550,000 in seed funding for Fibron Technologies, Inc. in the form of a convertible note.  Kolon’s experience in material science, manufacturing (including GMP manufacturing) and large-scale production of polymer technologies brings a complementary strength to Fibron’s fundamental R&D capability (1). 

A team of UCLA chemists and engineers has developed a new method for coating large surfaces with nanofiber thin films that are both transparent and electrically conductive.  Development of the technology is occurring in collaboration with Fibron Technologies Inc., with support from the National Science Foundation through a Small Business Technology Transfer grant (4).

Innovation and Technology

A team of chemists and engineers from University of California in Los Angeles and Fibron Technologies Inc. has developed a new method for coating large surfaces with nanofiber thin films that are both transparent and electrically conductive.  Conducting polymers combine the flexibility and toughness of plastics with the ability to conduct electrical currents. One of the potential applications is smart, or switchable, glass that can change between states when an electric current is applied — for example, switching between see-through and opaque states to let light in or block it.  The process brings together water, oil, and polymer nanofibers. When water and oil are mixed, a blend of droplets is formed, creating a water–oil interface that serves as an entry point for trapping polymer nanofibers at liquid–liquid interfaces. As droplets unite, a change in the concentration of blended solids at the water–oil interface leads to a difference in surface tension (5).

Sources

  1. AZoNano (2009, June 30).  “Momentum Biosciences And Kolon Announces Joint Completion Of $550,000 In Seed Funding.” Retrieved on December 18, 2012 from http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=12325
  2. PR Newswire (2011, September 12). “Fibron Technologies, Inc. Establishes Finnish Subsidiary "Finano Ltd. Oy" to Expand European Footprint.”  Retrieved on December 18, 2012 from www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fibron-technologies-inc-establishes-finnish-subsidiary-finano-ltd-oy-to-expand-european-footprint-129699683.html
  3. The Blaze (2012). “Fibron Technologies Inc.” Retrieved on December 18, 2012 from http://recovery-and-reinvestment-act.theblaze.com/q/14164/7357/How-much-did-the-Fibron-Technologies-Inc-STTR-Phase-I-Polyaniline-Nanofiber-Urinary-Tract-Infection-Biosensor-A-Multi-Functional-Bioresponsive-Material-in-Inglewood-CA-receive-from-the-ARRA
  4. UCLA Newsroom (2010, November 1). “Radically simple technique developed to grow conducting polymer thin films.” Retrieved on  December 18, 2012 from http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/radically-simple-technique-developed-177031.aspx
  5. Science Business (2010, November 2). “University, Company Develop Nanotech Conducting Polymer Film.” Retrieved on December 18, 2012 from http://sciencebusiness.technewslit.com/?p=1853