In October 2006, Professor Mark Hersam’s research group at Northwestern University published a ground breaking paper in Nature Nanotechnology describing a process to sort CNTs by electronic structure. Shortly after publication, the research group was flooded with sample requests from around the world. Professor Hersam identified this opportunity and sought investors and entrepreneurs to commercialize this important technology. NanoIntegris was founded in January 2007 and established in Skokie, Illinois.
Under the leadership of Dr. Nathan Yoder and Elliott Garlock as well as the guidance of professor Mark Hersam, NanoIntegris dramatically scaled up production capacity and lowered costs to meet the broad and growing global demand for high performance nanomaterials. NanoIntegris built a strong reputation for quality and reliability. This credibility led to distribution agreements with 6 trusted partners in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan. Furthermore, NanoIntegris established an extensive client base of over 700 clients, worldwide ranging from university research groups to Fortune 100 companies.
NanoIntegris grew with demand for specialty nanomaterials such as nanotube-based high mobility semiconducting inks. NanoIntegris signed an agreement with Unidym for the exclusive distribution of HiPco single wall carbon nanotubes and launched new products such as single and few-layer graphene. During this period, NanoIntegris developed privileged client relationships and strategic parntnerships to accelerate the industrial and academic R&D of nanotube-based applications such as conductive films, thin-film transistors, photovoltaics and sensors.
In 2012, NanoIntegris was acquired by Raymor Industries, a large-scale single-wall carbon nanotube producer located in Boisbriand, Canada. In July 2013, production was moved to Raymor headquarters to vertically integrate nanotube production, purification, separation and ink formulation. NanoIntegris joined the Canadian Printed Electronics Consortium led by the National Research Council. This partnership led NanoIntegris to focus its R&D efforts on inkjet printable conductive and semiconductive inks. Today, NanoIntegris continues to supply high purity nanomaterials to its clients, as testified by over 300 scientific papers featuring NanoIntegris materials.