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Common Bricks Turned Into Supercapacitors?

Brick Supercapacitor Darcy Research Lab

Common Bricks Turned Into Supercapacitors?

Scientists at the D’arcy Laboratory Department Of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis have come up with a novel way to take a basic common red building brick and turn it into a supercapacitor by coating them with a special conductive polymer.

Converting a brick into a “smart brick” is possible because a red brick is, in and of itself, red because of the hematite that is within the brick used as a red pigment.  When the brick is solidified by heating, it becomes microporous which is a perfect structure for depositing PEDOT – poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) nanofibers through another controlled process called oxidative radical polymerization.

Once this is achieved, the transformation is complete and “voila!” you have a relatively cheap and accessible supercapacitor.

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Exclusive Sandy Munro guided tour of Munro

Sandy Munro Exclusive Tour of Munro and Associates

Exclusive Sandy Munro guided tour of Munro

For those of you interested in seeing more of Munro & Associates and what our facilities look like, Sandy has put together a video that takes the viewer on a guided tour and walks down memory lane.

This “behind the scenes” tour quickly delves into some of the products and projects Munro has worked on in the past, notably Club Car golf carts, Mini Cooper, Chrysler Pentastar engine, LG TVs, Javelin Missles and much more.  From medical devices to rice cookers, airplanes to video game consoles, Munro has worked on products in every manufacturing field.

Sandy then introduces the audience to Munro’s technology transfer center and reveals some of the interesting toys Munro gets to play with, just before the main walkthrough of our teardown area.

To see the whole video, click here!

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Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Three – RevoTherm Applications

Presidium RevoTherm Molding Sandy Munro

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Three – RevoTherm® Applications

In this final post of our Tech Spotlight series featuring Presidium and its innovation, RevoTherm®, we’re sharing the material’s potential applications and markets.

There are a number of markets where RevoTherm® is applicable, including: automotive aftermarket; agricultural; aerospace; construction; electric vehicle; heavy truck; recreational; RV/ specialty vehicle; marine; infrastructure; windpower; and more.

When it comes to the transportation industries, such as automotive aftermarket and heavy truck, lightweighting has become a big topic and a critical differentiator. In the heavy truck industry, for example, RevoTherm® can reduce the weight of key components, such as body panels, air design pieces, and other large parts by as much as 30% compared to traditional fiberglass composites, or up to 80% as compared to steel; while maintaining their structural integrity.

Jeep Bumper SEMA 2019 made using RevoTherm by Presidium

Jeep Bumper SEMA 2019 made using RevoTherm by Presidium

The same can be said for the agriculture and construction industries. For example, farm operators don’t want heavy equipment that will bog down the field. They want to lightweight as much as possible. At the same time, OEM’s are looking to reduce fabricated metal parts that are costly and labor-intensive.  As compared to other resins, RevoTherm®, because of its inherent strength, has the potential to make parts lighter by downgauging the part geometry or by reducing the amount of fiberglass reinforcement.  In some instances, RevoTherm® is strong enough that it can be used without any reinforcement at all.  It can also be used in many cases to replace fabricated metal parts.  RevoTherm® can also be made into structural foams to further support cavities like beams, pillars, and sandwich boards without adding significant weight.

RevoTherm® also has application potential in the marine industry, which utilizes quite a bit of fiberglass. And, as many of you know, current polyester fiberglass composites have low impact strength and cracks quickly lead to exposed fibers and delamination, as is often seen with hatch doors. RevoTherm® is able to produce stronger parts both in terms of impact and resin to fiber adhesion.

These are just a few of the many ways RevoTherm® can revolutionize the composites industry, as well as the products and processes of many others.

Thanks for following along in this Tech Spotlight series. You can view part one here and part two here.

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Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Two – Benefits of RevoTherm

Various RevoTherm® Parts from Presidium USA

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Two – Benefits of RevoTherm®

In part two of our Tech Spotlight: Presidium, we’re highlighting the benefits of the company’s product, RevoTherm®, which stands for revolutionary thermoset. RevoTherm is a polyurethane-based thermoset resin system with material properties capable of replacing traditional composite materials in either a lightweight “neat” or reinforced system.

RevoTherm® is created in a two-part chemistry using a traditional isocyanate and Presidium’s “secret sauce”, a modified polyol that has structural properties up to five times stronger than typical urethanes. However, it retains the benefits of a urethane system with low viscosity that flows like water and cures into a finished part. This allows the material to easily flow into tools to make parts, so you can use low-pressure tools and processes that are relatively inexpensive compared to other industry equipment.

The RevoTherm® system is a clean (non-styrenic) and low-labor process suited for numerous manufacturing applications including closed- molding, pultrusion, RIM, and vacuum infusion using commercially available meter mix equipment and low-cost tooling. Compared to many traditional composite processes, the RevoTherm® system produces minimal waste and low VOCs.

In addition, part design freedom is expanded with the ability to add-in thick-to-thin areas, embosses and textures with no read-through. Being a polyurethane-based material, the end product has optimal adhesion properties for coatings and adhesives.

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Next week, we’ll share the last post for this Tech Spotlight series and highlight RevoTherm’s applications.

To view part one of this series, click here!



Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Sets Out to Revolutionize the Composites Industry

Two molded pieces of Presidium USA's Revotherm material.

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Sets Out to Revolutionize the Composites Industry

Munro & Associates is always on the lookout for upcoming, innovative and disruptive technology. To remain on the cutting edge, Munro works to connect with companies that are making a big impact. To highlight some of these companies, we’re starting our Tech Spotlight series.

The first company we’re highlighting in this series is Presidium, an innovative technology company that invents, develops, and manufactures disruptive engineered materials. The company’s mission is to revolutionize not only what products can be made of, but how products are designed and manufactured.

Presidium wants to revolutionize the composites industry. In the more than 40 year history of the $30 billion industry, there have been innovations such as carbon fiber, but in general, it has been the same manufacturing materials, fiberglass and resin systems with the same manufacturing processes.

The company set out to do something different and answer the question, “Can we make a material that not only provides better properties from a material science standpoint, but also change the manufacturing process to improve the total system cost on marking a part, as well as the whole value chain of the composites industry?” said Jeffery Ritz, chief executive officer at Presidium.

And in four years, Presidium has created the material called RevoTherm™. RevoTherm, which stands for revolutionary thermoset, is a polyurethane-based thermoset resin system with material properties capable of replacing traditional composite materials in either a lightweight “neat” or reinforced system. With a number of benefits, Presidium calls RevoTherm the “Swiss Army knife of value propositions.”

Next week, we’ll share part two of this Tech Spotlight series and highlight RevoTherm’s benefits.