Nano-coatings: ready for mass production

Themes: Materials, Chemistry, bio- & process technology

Market ready application

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Manufacturing of nano-coatings is often tipped as complex and expensive, hindering their integration as product components. Delft IMP develops simple and cost-effective manufacturing schemes for powder nano-coatings, enabling nanotechnology' benefits at an industrially-relevant production scale.


The pneumatic transport reactor of Delft IMP relies on the principle of Atomic Layer Deposition to coat particles with sub-nanometre precision. The tubular reactor's modular and robust design allows easy in-line integration with other continuous processes.


Delft IMP is currently scaling its reactor to a 10 kg/h coating capacity. The envisioned mass production scheme will deliver customisable nano-coated powder for applications in catalysis, batteries, lighting and healthcare.

Aris Goulas MSc


Dr. Bart van Limpt

Prof. dr. ir. Ruud van Ommen