R&D Magazine Selects RNT as 2005 R&D 100 Award Recipient
"R&D Magazine selects recipients through a one-year process, utilizing the wisdom of 50 independent technical experts to identify leading technologies which can improve quality of life," noted Tim Studt, R&D Magazine editor-in-chief. "Among the most innovative ideas from today's technology elite, this year's winners are clearly products, processes and software that will enhance your lives in the upcoming years."
“Among the most innovative ideas from today's technology elite, this year's winners are clearly products, processes and software that will enhance your lives in the upcoming years.”
The 43rd annual R&D 100, this year's awards recognize representatives from North America, Europe, and Asia; and include recipients from industry, government, and academia.
RNT has devoted efforts over the past year towards expanding commercial delivery of NanoFoil(R) for reaction initiation and joining applications that current technology cannot effectively or economically address. Company activities have included adding key new team members, building manufacturing facilities and continuing to develop distribution channels. It shares this year's award with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Johns Hopkins University, where founder Dr. Timothy Weihs developed much of the early technology with LLNL and JHU researchers.
RNT's patented NanoFoil(R) is a multilayer foil which enables reaction initiation for propellant ignition, flares and fuses and large/small scale joining of dissimilar materials, making such applications predictable, controllable and far more affordable. When activated by a small pulse of local energy from electrical, optical or thermal sources, the foil delivers localized heat in a fraction of a second.
Key areas served by RNT's NanoFoil(R) technology include:
-- Reaction Initiation: For propellant ignition, flares and fuses, NanoFoil(R) provides safety, control and predictability.
-- Joining: Utilizing RNT's patented NanoBond(TM) process, for large-area applications such as armor mounting, structural joining and joining of sputtering targets. Can also be used in small-area applications such as bonding of electrical components. Benefits include lower stress, bonding of dissimilar materials and higher electrical/thermal conductivity.
Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, RNT was founded in 2001 by engineering veterans Timothy P. Weihs, Ph.D., who now serves as Chief Technical Officer, and Omar M. Knio, Ph.D., who is RNT's Senior Vice President. The company develops and manufactures NanoFoil(R) to precisely control the instantaneous release of heat energy for reaction initiation and joining applications that current technology can not effectively or economically address. RNT has also developed its patented NanoBond(TM) joining process to ensure the benefits of NanoFoil(R) are maximized.
Commercial distribution of NanoFoil(R) for energetics and joining applications is taking place from RNT's onsite manufacturing machinery. The company is utilizing its financial backing from a variety of sources - including over $4.5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation - to develop additional manufacturing sites and craft its patented technology for additional applications. RNT has also signed licensing agreements with a number of Fortune 500 Companies. Its breakthrough technology has earned several prestigious awards including the 2005 "R&D 100" from R&D Magazine, the 2005 Nano 50(TM) from NASA Nanotech Briefs Magazine and recognition in The National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan in December 2004. For more information please visit www.rntfoil.com.