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How does The Beetle provide for guests at Happy Hour?

Say it’s 5 o’clock (somewhere), and The Beetle is hosting some friends at his swank NanoPad. Maybe one of his guests requests a shaken martini – vodka, not gin.

What bottle does The Beetle reach for to undertake such mixology?

Think: fog water.

You see, NBD Nano has a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to use our materials to improve fog collection in California. This is a direct biomimic of the Namib Desert Beetle’s ability to capture fog.

So when we were introduced to this Bay Area distillery – which is making vodka out of actual San Francisco fog water!!! – we immediately cleared space on the shelf for a bottle of their finest. Fog Point vodka is right at the confluence of sustainability and local production – two things The Beetle proudly supports. Along with Happy Hour…

Another example of biomimicry paying tribute to Mother Nature!

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Even Elon Musk needs a self-cleaning HEPA filter

One of the touts we made in releasing our latest product – RepelShell™ for Plastic – was that it would provide self-cleaning for the filters in automobiles that provide high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA). Self-cleaning HEPA filters have has been something of a holy grail for automakers, who want to limit the effects of pollution and other air-borne chemicals in a car’s cabin, but face the challenge of filters that require frequent cleaning or replacement.

When Tesla unveiled its Model X in 2015, Elon Musk upped the ante for HEPA filter applications by introducing the “bio weapon defense mode” button.

Think: HEPA filter to a VERY advanced degree.

Why would you ever need such a muscled-up HEPA filter? Well, in case…“there’s ever an apocalyptic scenario of some kind,” according to Mr. Musk himself. In such an instance, you would push your bio weapon defense mode button, and the HEPA air filter in the Model X will keep you safe.

What else? Tesla claims its air filter is 300 times better at filtering bacteria, 500 times better at filtering allergens, 700 times better at filtering smog, and 800 times better at filtering viruses. This is perhaps where the next-gen HEPA cabin filtration system would be most valuable to today’s drivers: as protection from day-to-day air pollution.

Regardless of its application, even Tesla’s HEPA filters will face the same old challenge: having to replace them all too frequently.

Thus does The Beetle give a shout to Mr. Musk: RepelShell for Plastic can solve that problem!

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NBD Nano Introduces RepelShell Additive Solution for Highly Repellent Plastic Surfaces (via Coatings World)

“NBD Nanotechnologies, the surface “wettability” experts, today introduced the first in its line of RepelShell products – an injection-grade additive that makes plastic surfaces highly repellent to water, dirt, mud, and ice. Immediate applications for NBD’s patented RepelShell for Plastics include mud- and water-resistant athletic footwear, anti-stain electronics, self-cleaning non-woven fibers, and anti-stain textiles…”

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NBD Nano Introduces RepelShell™ Additive Solution for Highly Repellent Plastic Surfaces

“Boston, Mass. – February 28, 2017 – NBD Nanotechnologies, the surface “wettability” experts, today introduced the first in its line of RepelShell™ products – an injection-grade additive that makes plastic surfaces highly repellent to water, dirt, mud, and ice. Immediate applications for NBD’s patented RepelShell™ for Plastics include mud- and water-resistant athletic footwear, anti-stain electronics, self-cleaning non-woven fibers, and anti-stain textiles…”

Read the full press release here

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There’s a spring in our step this week

There’s a lot of buzz going around in the NBD corridors right now…the sound of bees getting a jump on their spring honey-making? Not exactly – more like the hum of lab equipment finalizing a long-awaited project.

Here’s the background: We’re working really hard right now on a new product. It’s a super-omniphobic additive for plastics. This is a huge opportunity for us — manufacturers can add the NBD product in (as a pellet or powder) to their existing processes and create extraordinary hydrophobic and oleophobic properties for plastic, glass, metal, etc. That is to say: super-high repellency for water, dirt, mud, and ice.

Think what this could do for mud-free cleats, water-wicking hiking equipment, anti-stain fibers…We’re expecting really big results!

We’re so excited about it, in fact, that team members are starting to bounce around the room…

What have we got? A few clues to get you thinking. It’s a:

Super omniphobic surface additive for plastics…

Need more? Try this:

NBD has structured it in powder or in pellets…

You get the idea. Point is: we’re really psyched. What exactly are we psyched about?

A nanostructured chemical that is added to plastics in a thermally stable powder or pellet form to create extraordinary hydrophobic and oleophobic properties.

High repellency!!!

More soon (very)!

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