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Nano Labs mixes gasoline and water

A Sept. 24, 2013 news item on Nanowerk features news of a ‘nanotechnology gasoline’ that combines gasoline with ordinary tap water,

Nano Labs Corp. announces promising test results relating to a proprietary nanotechnology which replaces commercial gasoline.

The Company has successfully tested their Nanotechnology Gasoline (NG). The technology combines 60% commercial grade gasoline with 40% ordinary drinking water plus the Company’s proprietary nanotechnology additive. The result may mean an alternative to existing additives, like Ethanol, MTBE, Benzene, Methanol, and Aromatics additives that are harmful to the environment.

The Company has replaced 40% of gasoline with water and nanotechnology which thereby dramatically reduces the need of gasoline by over a third, thereby increasing fuel efficiency and reducing environmental emissions.

Nano Labs’ Sept. 24, 2013 press release, which originated the news item, offers a bit more technical information,

 The Company reports that five gasoline mixtures were successfully tested; the tests were repeated three times over a period of thirteen months.

“Our new nano gasoline mixture combines our technology with normal tap water and gasoline which does not separate. In fact, it has remained intact after many months of testing. Also, the nano fuel does not freeze at temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius,” states Dr. Victor Castano, Chief Innovations Officer of Nano Labs. “This is by far one of the most interesting projects our teams are working on right now, a game changer in the energy sector.”

“This new technology would not require any changes to the existing refinery process and our nanotechnology could be applied directly at the fuel storage container stage,” adds Mr. Bernardo Camacho Chavarria, President of Nano Labs. “This new technology could dramatically increase profits for the oil companies that they could pass on to consumers, and at the same time dramatically decrease the harmful emissions that contribute to global warming. It is important to note that we are at the development stage of the product, and are currently working with third-party labs for Octane and BTU Certification Testing. With these results we are looking to finalize a roadmap for commercialization and reporting back to industry and our shareholders.”

Oddly there was no information about ‘nanotechnology gasoline’ on the Nano Labs company website as of Sept. 25, 2013 11 am PDT.

I last featured Nano Labs in a Dec. 17, 2012 posting about their then recent innovation of nanotechnology-enabled nail polish.

New thinking applied to nail polish

According to a Dec. 15, 2012 news item on Nanowerk, a nanotechnology-enabled nail polish has received a provisional patent,

Nano Labs Corp. announced it has been awarded a provisional patent number61,735,705 for its original nano nail polish and lacquer, the third advanced nanotechnology product the Company has introduced in as many months.

“We’ve brought new thinking to a whole new product,” said Dr. Victor Castano, CEO of Innovation at Nano Labs. “The nano lacquer – or nail polish – is a nanohybrid compound, which is a rather new concept. In the past, bringing different chemical mixtures together could be problematic. … With the nail polish, we’ve taken ceramics – which provide excellent hardness and high scratch and chip resistance – and mixed them with polymer and metallic nano particles. The result is a material that is flexible but strong, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Not to mention it can hold a great range of colours and sheen.”

Nano Labs promotes the nail polish as twice as durable conventional products. It dries to a very hard state, and resists shock, cracking, scratching, and chipping. It offers superior ease of application, quick drying film formation, and high coverage and adhesion, with bright, vivid colours and high gloss. It also offers the flexibility of a wide spectrum of colour – introduced at the nano level – with pigments including gold, silver, titanium, and other metals and oxides with a wide range of tones. Its elasticity allows for easy and effective application to nail curves without cracking. Nano Labs has also removed toxic solvents from the nail polish equation thanks to material that quickly evaporates, with no toxicity.

Nano Labs noticed that existing products produce a physical adhesion to the natural or plastic nail. The new nano nail polish produces a chemical adhesion which is about a 1,000 times stronger and requires significantly less coverage. Therefore you are getting a better color, coat, and longer-lasting finish.

The removal of the nail polish also required a new way of thinking. How to create a solution to remove the nano nail polish that wasn’t harsh on the nails or the person as traditional cleaners. While conventional nail polish removers will remove the nano nail polish, Dr. Castano and his team created a non-toxic, solvent which removes the nano nail polish without the traditional harsh effects and toxicity of conventional cleaners.

There are no more technical details in the news item or on the company (Nano Labs) website. In fact, the company website  doesn’t yet (as of Dec. 17, 2012 1000 hours PST) have a posted news release about this development. According to the news item on Nanowerk,

At the request of a major American manufacturer and distributor the company has completed its nano-technological lacquer research and filed patent applications (File Number – 61,735,705). Further disclosure will be made upon completion of the pending licensing agreement with the 3rd parties. [emphasis mine]

“The nano nail polish is a very important example of Nano Labs in action and the importance of our patents.” explains Mr. Bernardo Camacho, President of Nano Labs, “Without going into the technical data and formulas, there is a very narrow range of chemical properties, compositions, phase separations, and segregations that need to applied to create these types of products correctly. The only way to put these items together is in this narrow band, which is complicated, and is protected in our patent. [emphasis mine] We look forward to introducing the product to the global marketplace with partners in the cosmetic industry.”

The emphasis on the narrow band within which this nail polish innovation can occur and the company’s soon-to-be patent protection seems at odds with the company philosophy as stated by Dr. Castano,

“Our philosophy of green chemistry and using friendly organics allows us to focus on sustainable products that are less toxic and harmful to customers who are trending more and more toward healthier, environmentally sound consumer options,” Dr. Castano said.

The issue isn’t the patent so much as what appears to be an attempt by the company to ‘own’ all innovation in a niche they have defined in their patent. If the focus is “healthier, environmentally sound consumer options,” then surely, the company wants a patent that allows them to profit from their innovation while spurring more ‘green options’.

One final note, Nano Labs is a very young company having been founded in Oct. 2012.