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: 71 pages | Published October 16 2019 | Table of contents

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1        INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10

  • 1.1.    Single-walled carbon nanotubes properties………………………………………………………………………………… 10
  • 1.1     Advantages of SWCNTs over other carbon-based additives………………………………………………………….. 11
  • 1.2     Other types of carbon nanotubes and related materials………………………………………………………………… 12

2        SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES PATENTS……………………………………………………………………. 15

3        THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES…………………………………………. 17

  • 3.1     Multi-walled carbon nanotubes market………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
  • 3.2     Single-walled carbon nanotubes market……………………………………………………………………………………. 19

4        GLOBAL SWCNT DEMAND BY MARKET……………………………………………………………………………………. 21

  • 4.1     COMPOSITES…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21
    • 4.1.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22
    • 4.1.2       Fiber-based polymer composite parts……………………………………………………………………………….. 22
      • 4.1.2.1    Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 23
      • 4.1.2.2    Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts for composites……………………………… 24
    • 4.1.3       Metal-matrix composites……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 25
      • 4.1.3.1    Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts…………………………………………………. 27
  • 4.2     COATINGS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
    • 4.2.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
    • 4.2.2       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
    • 4.2.3       Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 30
  • 4.3     RUBBER ADDITIVES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 31
    • 4.3.1       Tyres………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
    • 4.3.2       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
    • 4.3.3       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 31
    • 4.3.4       Rubber technical goods…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
    • 4.3.5       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 33
      • 4.3.5.1    Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts…………………………………………………. 34
  • 4.4     FUEL CELLS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
    • 4.4.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35
    • 4.4.2       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
    • 4.4.3       Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 36
  • 4.5     BATTERIES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
    • 4.5.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
    • 4.5.2       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37
    • 4.5.3       Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 38
  • 4.6     CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS………………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
    • 4.6.1       CEMENT……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
      • 4.6.1.1    Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
      • 4.6.1.2    Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39
      • 4.6.1.3    Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts…………………………………………………. 40
  • 4.7     ANTI-STATIC PLASTICS………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
    • 4.7.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 42
    • 4.7.2       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42
    • 4.7.3       Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 43
  • 4.8     TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE FILMS……………………………………………………………………………………. 45
    • 4.8.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
    • 4.8.2       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 45
    • 4.8.3       Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 47
  • 4.9     POWER CABLES………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 4.9.1       Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
    • 4.9.2       Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 48
    • 4.9.3       Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 49
  • 4.10        ADHESIVES…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 51
    • 4.10.1     Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 51
    • 4.10.2     Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
    • 4.10.3     Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 53
  • 4.11        LUBRICANTS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 55
    • 4.11.1     Market overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 56
    • 4.11.2     Market assessment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 56
    • 4.11.3     Potential market demand based on penetration forecasts……………………………………………………… 57

5        SWCNT COMPANY PROFILES………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 59

  • 5.1     CHASM ADVANCED MATERIALS, INC……………………………………………………………………………………. 59
    • 5.1.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
    • 5.1.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
    • 5.1.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
    • 5.1.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
  • 5.2     MEIJO NANO CARBON CO., LTD…………………………………………………………………………………………… 61
    • 5.2.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
    • 5.2.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
    • 5.2.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
    • 5.2.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 62
  • 5.3     NANOINTEGRIS TECHNOLOGIES, INC…………………………………………………………………………………… 63
    • 5.3.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 63
    • 5.3.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 63
    • 5.3.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 63
    • 5.3.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 64
  • 5.4     NANO-C, INC……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 65
    • 5.4.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 65
    • 5.4.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 65
    • 5.4.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 66
    • 5.4.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
  • 5.5     OCSiAl GROUP…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 67
    • 5.5.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 67
    • 5.5.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 67
    • 5.5.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 67
    • 5.5.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 67
  • 5.6     THOMAS SWAN & CO., LTD………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
    • 5.6.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
    • 5.6.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
    • 5.6.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
    • 5.6.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 70
  • 5.7     ZEON NANO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD……………………………………………………………………………………. 71
    • 5.7.1       Company description……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71
    • 5.7.2       Products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71
    • 5.7.3       SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71
    • 5.7.4       Markets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 71
  • 5.8     OTHER PRODUCERS………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 72

6        REFERENCES………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 73

 

Tables

  • Table 1. Typical properties of SWCNT and MWCNT…………………………………………………………………………………. 10
  • Table 2. Comparison of carbon-based additives in terms of the main parameters influencing their value proposition as a conductive additive……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
  • Table 3. Other types of carbon nanotubes……………………………………………………………………………………………… 12
  • Table 4. Main SWCNT patent assignees………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
  • Table 5. Location of SWCNT patent filings 2008-2018………………………………………………………………………………. 16
  • Table 6. MWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030…………………………………………………………………….. 17
  • Table 7. Annual production capacity of the key MWCNT producers in 2018…………………………………………………… 19
  • Table 8. SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030……………………………………………………………………… 19
  • Table 9. Annual production capacity of the key SWCNT producers in 2018……………………………………………………. 20
  • Table 10. Consumption of SWCNTs……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
  • Table 11. Advanced composites, properties and materials…………………………………………………………………………. 21
  • Table 12: Market overview for SWCNTs in composites……………………………………………………………………………… 22
  • Table 13. Market and applications for SWCNTs in fiber-based composite parts………………………………………………. 23
  • Table 14. Market and applications for SWCNTs in metal matrix composites…………………………………………………… 25
  • Table 15: Market overview for SWCNTs in coatings…………………………………………………………………………………. 28
  • Table 16. Market and applications for SWCNTs in coatings……………………………………………………………………….. 28
  • Table 17: Market overview for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics…………………………………………………………………….. 31
  • Table 18. Market and applications for SWCNTs in tyres…………………………………………………………………………….. 31
  • Table 19. Market and applications for SWCNTs in rubber technical goods…………………………………………………….. 33
  • Table 20: Market overview for SWCNTs in fuel cells…………………………………………………………………………………. 35
  • Table 21. Market and applications for SWCNTs in fuel cells……………………………………………………………………….. 35
  • Table 22. SWCNT market demand in fuel cells……………………………………………………………………………………….. 36
  • Table 23: Market overview for SWCNTs in batteries…………………………………………………………………………………. 37
  • Table 24. Market and applications for SWCNTs in batteries……………………………………………………………………….. 37
  • Table 25. SWCNT market demand in batteries………………………………………………………………………………………… 38
  • Table 26: Market overview for SWCNTs in cement…………………………………………………………………………………… 39
  • Table 27. Market and applications for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics……………………………………………………………. 39
  • Table 28. SWCNT market demand in cement…………………………………………………………………………………………. 40
  • Table 29: Market overview for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics…………………………………………………………………….. 42
  • Table 30. Market and applications for SWCNTs in anti-static plastics……………………………………………………………. 42
  • Table 31. SWCNT market demand in anti-static plastics……………………………………………………………………………. 43
  • Table 32: Market overview for SWCNTs in transparent conductive films……………………………………………………….. 45
  • Table 33. Market and applications for SWCNTs in transparent conductive films……………………………………………… 45
  • Table 34. SWCNT market demand in transparent conductive films………………………………………………………………. 47
  • Table 35: Market overview for SWCNTs in power cables…………………………………………………………………………… 48
  • Table 36. Market and applications for SWCNTs in power cables…………………………………………………………………. 48
  • Table 37: Applications and benefits of SWCTNs in adhesives…………………………………………………………………….. 51
  • Table 38: Market overview for SWCNTs in adhesives……………………………………………………………………………….. 51
  • Table 39. Market and applications for SWCNTs in adhesives……………………………………………………………………… 52
  • Table 40. Nanomaterial lubricant products……………………………………………………………………………………………… 55
  • Table 41: Market overview for SWCNTs in lubricants………………………………………………………………………………… 56
  • Table 42. Market and applications for SWCNTs in lubricants………………………………………………………………………. 56
  • Table 43. Chasm SWCNT products………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
  • Table 44. Thomas Swan SWCNT production………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
  • Table 45. Other SWCNT producers………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 72

Figures

  • Figure 1. Types of single-walled carbon nanotubes………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
  • Figure 2: Double-walled carbon nanotube bundle cross-section micrograph and model……………………………………. 12
  • Figure 3. TEM image of FWNTs…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 13
  • Figure 4: Schematic representation of carbon nanohorns…………………………………………………………………………… 13
  • Figure 5: TEM image of carbon onion……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 14
  • Figure 6: Schematic of Boron Nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). Alternating B and N atoms are shown in blue and red…… 14
  • Figure 7. SWCNT patent applications 2001-2018…………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
  • Figure 8. MWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030……………………………………………………………………. 18
  • Figure 9. Demand for MWCNT by application in 2018……………………………………………………………………………….. 18
  • Figure 10. SWCNT market demand forecast (tons), 2018-2030…………………………………………………………………… 20
  • Figure 11. Potential market for SWCNT based products in thermosets based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24
  • Figure 12. Potential market for SWCNT based products in thermoplastics based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 24
  • Figure 13. Potential market for SWCNT based products in metal-matrix composites based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27
  • Figure 14. Potential market for SWCNT based products in coatings based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons. 30
  • Figure 15. Potential market for SWCNT based products in tyres based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons….. 32
  • Figure 16. Potential market for SWCNT based products in rubber technical goods based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
  • Figure 17. Potential market for SWCNTs conductive additives in power cables based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
  • Figure 18. Potential market for SWCNT additives in adhesives based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons……. 53
  • Figure 19. Potential market for SWCNT additives in lubricants based on penetration forecasts 2017-2030, tons……. 58
  • Figure 20. Schematic of a fluidized bed reactor which is able to scale up the generation of SWNTs using the CoMoCAT process…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 60
  • Figure 21. MEIJO eDIPS product…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
  • Figure 22. Elicarb SW Low Residue washing facility…………………………………………………………………………………. 70
  • Figure 23. KH Chemicals SWCNT product……………………………………………………………………………………………… 72