The Global Market for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are one-atom-thick rolled-up graphene sheets, typically with diameters between 0.6 and 2.0 nm and lengths up to 500 mm. The most remarkable properties of nanotubes are found in SWCNTs:

  • Incredible strength (they are 100 times stronger than steel at one sixth the weight);
  • Electrical conductivity as high as copper, but five times lighter;
  • Thermal conductivity as high as diamond (up to 1000oC);
  • Huge surface area;
  • Highest length-to-diameter ratio;
  • Flexibility;
  • Thermal stability;
  • Lightweight;
  • Chemical inertness (SWCNTs are compatible with almost all materials).

Due to these unique properties, SWCNTs have great potential for utilisation as a multi-functional additive and as the basis for creating new products with previously unattainable properties. They allow to improve the specific features of most known materials. And this can be achieved using a very low concentration of SWCNTs – starting from 0.01% of the total weight of the material. The market has grown significantly in volume over the past two years with companies such as OCSiAl announcing large capacity increases.

Single-walled carbon nanotubes are vastly superior to multiwall ones in terms of their specific properties. While a SWCNT is a rolled-up graphene sheet, a MWCNT is a rolled-up graphite sheet. Their properties and impact on materials differ just as graphene properties differ from graphite properties. MWCNTs only become efficient at concentrations which are 20 to 100 higher than the concentrations of SWCNTs. MWCNTs cannot be used in applications where colour or transparency are important.

However, SWCNTs have not been used in industry until recently owing to the absence of technology for their mass production and, as a consequence, their high price. This has recently charge due to improvements in manufacturing and capacity increases.

Report contents include:

  • Properties of SWCNTs
  • Patent analysis
  • Assessment of economic prospects of the market for SWCNTs
  • Market trends impacting the market for SWCNTs
  • Main applications and markets for SWCNTs. Markets covered include composites, coatings, rubber additives, batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, construction materials, thermal interphase materials (TIM),  plastics, electronics, power cables, adhesives and lubricants.
  • Demand for SWCNTs by market
  • Competitive landscape for carbon-based additives
  • Market segmentation by producer
  • SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030
  • Annual production capacity of the key SWCNT producers
  • In-depth SWCNT producer profiles. Producers profiled include Chasm Advanced Materials, Meijo Nano Carbon, Nanointegris, Nano-C, OCSiAl , Thomas Swan and Zeon Nano Technology.

Content: 62 pages | Published August 27 2019 | Table of contents

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1        INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9

  • 1.1.    Single-walled carbon nanotubes properties………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
  • 1.1     Advantages of SWCNTs over other carbon-based additives………………………………………………………….. 10

2        SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES PATENTS……………………………………………………………………. 12

3        THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES…………………………………………. 14

  • 3.1     Multi-walled carbon nanotubes market………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
  • 3.2     Single-walled carbon nanotubes market……………………………………………………………………………………. 16
  • 3.3     Market trends in SWCNTs……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 17
  • 3.4     Key players competitive analysis……………………………………………………………………………………………… 24
  • 3.4.1       Producer capacities and pricing………………………………………………………………………………………. 24

4        MARKETS AND APPLICATIONS FOR SWCNTs…………………………………………………………………………… 31

  • 4.1     GLOBAL SWCNT DEMAND BY APPLICATION………………………………………………………………………….. 31
  • 4.2     COMPOSITES…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 32
    • 4.2.1       Fiber-based polymer composite parts……………………………………………………………………………….. 32
      • 4.2.1.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
      • 4.2.1.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
    • 4.2.2       Metal-matrix composites……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 33
      • 4.2.2.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
      • 4.2.2.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
  • 4.3     COATINGS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 35
    • 4.3.1       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 35
    • 4.3.2       SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35
  • 4.4     RUBBER ADDITIVES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
    • 4.4.1       Tyres………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 36
      • 4.4.1.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36
      • 4.4.1.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
    • 4.4.2       Rubber technical goods…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
      • 4.4.2.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
      • 4.4.2.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
  • 4.5     BATTERIES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39
    • 4.5.1       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 39
    • 4.5.2       SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39
  • 4.6     FUEL CELLS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 40
    • 4.6.1       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 40
    • 4.6.2       SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
  • 4.7     SUPERCAPACITORS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 41
    • 4.7.1       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 41
    • 4.7.2       SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41
  • 4.8     CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
    • 4.8.1       Cement……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 42
      • 4.8.1.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
      • 4.8.1.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
    • 4.8.2       Asphalt bitumen…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
      • 4.8.2.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43
      • 4.8.2.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 43
    • 4.8.3       Ultra-high-performance concrete……………………………………………………………………………………… 44
      • 4.8.3.1    Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 44
      • 4.8.3.2    SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………. 44
  • 4.9     THERMAL INTERPHASE MATERIALS (TIM)…………………………………………………………………………….. 45
    • 4.9.1       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
    • 4.9.2       SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
  • 4.10        PLASTICS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46
    • 4.10.1     Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46
    • 4.10.2     SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
  • 4.11        ELECTRONICS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
    • 4.11.1     Transparent conductive films………………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
      • 4.11.1.1       Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
      • 4.11.1.2       SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
  • 4.12        POWER CABLES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47
    • 4.12.1     Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 47
    • 4.12.2     SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
  • 4.13        ADHESIVES…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 4.13.1     Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 4.13.2     SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
  • 4.14        LUBRICANTS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 48
    • 4.14.1     Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 4.14.2     SWCNT market demand……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 49

5        COMPANY PROFILES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 50

6        REFERENCES………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60

 

Tables

  • Table 1. Typical properties of SWCNT and MWCNT………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
  • Table 2. Comparison of carbon-based additives in terms of the main parameters influencing their value proposition as a conductive additive……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
  • Table 3. Main SWCNT patent assignees………………………………………………………………………………………………… 12
  • Table 4. Location of SWCNT patent filings 2008-2018………………………………………………………………………………. 12
  • Table 5. MWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030…………………………………………………………………….. 14
  • Table 6. Annual production capacity of the key MWCNT producers in 2018…………………………………………………… 15
  • Table 7. SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030……………………………………………………………………… 16
  • Table 8. Annual production capacity of the key SWCNT producers in 2018……………………………………………………. 16
  • Table 9. Market trends impacting the market for SWCNTs…………………………………………………………………………. 17
  • Table 10. SWCNT producers capacities and prices………………………………………………………………………………….. 25
  • Table 11. Comparative analysis of SWCNT producers………………………………………………………………………………. 30
  • Table 12. Consumption of SWCNTs……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
  • Table 13. Global SWCNT demand by application…………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
  • Table 14 . SWCNT market demand in fiber-based polymer composites………………………………………………………… 32
  • Table 15. SWCNT market demand in Metal-matrix composites…………………………………………………………………… 34
  • Table 16. SWCNT market demand in coatings………………………………………………………………………………………… 35
  • Table 17. SWCNT market demand in tyres…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
  • Table 18. SWCNT market demand in rubber additives………………………………………………………………………………. 38
  • Table 19. SWCNT market demand in batteries………………………………………………………………………………………… 39
  • Table 20. SWCNT market demand in fuel cells……………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
  • Table 21. SWCNT market demand in supercapacitors………………………………………………………………………………. 41
  • Table 22. SWCNT market demand in cement…………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
  • Table 23. SWCNT market demand in asphalt bitumen………………………………………………………………………………. 43
  • Table 24. SWCNT market demand in asphalt bitumen………………………………………………………………………………. 44
  • Table 25. SWCNT market demand in thermal interface materials………………………………………………………………… 45
  • Table 26. SWCNT market demand in plastics…………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
  • Table 27. SWCNT market demand in transparent conductive films………………………………………………………………. 47
  • Table 28. SWCNT market demand in power cables………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
  • Table 29. SWCNT market demand in adhesives……………………………………………………………………………………… 48
  • Table 30. SWCNT market demand in lubricants………………………………………………………………………………………. 49

Figures

  • Figure 1. Types of single-walled carbon nanotubes………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
  • Figure 2. SWCNT patent applications 2001-2018…………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
  • Figure 3. Demand for MWCNT by application in 2018……………………………………………………………………………….. 15
  • Figure 4. SWCNT production capacity by producer in 2018 (tons)……………………………………………………………….. 28
  • Figure 5. SWCNT sales volume by producer in 2018………………………………………………………………………………… 28