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NBD Co-founders Interviewed By BC’s “The Heights” Newspaper

NBD’s co-founders, Miguel Galvez and Deckard Sorensen, were interviewed by Boston College’s “The Heights” newspaper:

“Innovation is key to the constant evolution of our society—or so say Miguel Galvez and Deckard Sorensen, the co-founders of NBD Nano.

Galvez and Sorensen, both Boston College ’12, shared that it was at BC that the idea and growth of their company began. NBD Nano specializes in surface wettability products through the use of various coatings and additives…”

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Tech.co Features NBD’s InvisiPrint Technology

“Say goodbye to those pesky fingerprints that blur your iPhone screen and sully your kitchen appliances: NBD Nanotechnologies has introduced a patented coating solution, InvisiPrint, that prevents fingerprint marks from showing up on glass and metal surfaces. While there are other products already out on the market that can clean fingerprints off of surfaces, there hasn’t yet been one that prevents fingerprints altogether…”

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NBD’s InvisiPrint Technology Featured In March Edition of Automotive Engineering Magazine

NBD’s InvisiPrint Technology was featured in the March 2017 edition of Automotive Engineering Magazine (page 32):

“NBD Nanotechnologies (Boston, MA) features a new coating solution that renders fingerprints invisible on metal and glass surfaces. According to the company, its patented InvisiPrint solution allows manufacturers to meet the long-standing demand by consumers for a solution that reduces or eliminates the appearance of fingerprints on products such as electronic displays and automotive interiors, among others.”

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NBD’s InvisiPrint Technology Featured in MotorTrend

“Want to keep that Gorilla Glass display free of fingerprints? Well, the glass coating specialists at Massachusetts-based NBD Nano might have just the thing. The company specializes in coatings that attract or repel water, oil, etc. Unlike many fingerprint-reduction technologies that attempt to repel oil (oleophobic coatings), NBD’s approach with InvisiPrint is to attract and disperse the oil (oleophilic). We’re not getting into the nitty-gritty chemistry except to note that it’s a hybrid organic/inorganic compound…”

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WCX17: A buzz about RepelShell™ for Glass

The Beetle was in MoTown last week, kicking the tires on the newest concepts in the automotive and mobility industries at WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience. (you might remember it by its old name: SAE World Congress).

WCX17 is now a full-sensory event experience! The Beetle spent three days discovering cool new ideas on the exhibit floor, in intimate venues, and in networking events. There was a bounty of technical knowledge and really good content from industry-leading mobility professionals.

We were especially pleased by the buzz about RepelShell™ for Glass.

When we introduced this new product last month, we knew it would be of interest to the industry, which has been seeking a repellent coating that offers excellent water repellant performance combined with extended long-term durability.

Part of what was so fun about WCX17 was the widespread recognition that the advent of autonomous driving is right now. This has sparked a ton of interest in technologies and manufacturing processes that can speed up and accommodate the rapid transition to self-driving cars.

We had a lot of interest in our durable coating solutions. Why? Because self-driving cars rely on obstruction-free sensors and camera surfaces. Because self-driving systems function properly only if the car can see and sense where it’s going, it’s essential that the operating condition of sensors and cameras surfaces remain unobstructed.

So we added to the buzz based on our latest in The Beetle’s line of customized solutions that make surfaces highly repellent to water, oil, dirt, and chemicals for much longer periods of time.
The auto industry has long pursued a hydrophobic glass coating that has the durability to last from 3-5 years. And when they saw NBD Nano’s RepelShell™ for Glass, they knew that search was over.

Thanks for a great event, SAE!

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The Beetle to auto industry: Your (super-durable!) hydrophobic glass coating has arrived

The Beetle is very excited about NBD’s newest product: RepelShell™ for Glass. This is the latest in the company’s patented line of customized solutions that make surfaces highly repellent to water, oil, dirt, and chemicals for much longer periods of time.

The Beetle is not alone in this excitement. The auto industry shares our zeal when it comes to improving vision systems. Certainly for backup cameras now, but with an eye on the future of autonomous driving. RepelShell™ for Glass is helping to make it a reality.

You see, autonomous cars rely on obstruction-free sensors and camera surfaces. Self-driving systems function properly only if the car can see and sense where it’s going. Make sense? The operating condition of sensors and cameras surfaces must remain unobstructed!

RepelShell ensures unobstructed sensors and cameras by providing a repellent coating that offers excellent water repellant performance combined with extended long-term durability.

The auto industry has long pursued a hydrophobic glass coating that has the durability to last from 3-5 years.

Here you go, auto!

If you’re looking to geek out, here’s some tech specs:

NBD Nano’s RepelShell™ for Glass is a molecular nanocomposite that is applied directly to glass surfaces and makes them more water- and oil-repellent. The core technology behind RepelShell™ is a patented polymer blend formulation that combines fluorinated molecules with surface-active elements that transform glass into an ultra-robust omniphobic surface.

(That doesn’t even include NanoGlueTM — more on that later…)

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NBD Nano Enhances Water Repellency for Auto Glass with RepelShell™ Solution

“Boston, Mass. – March 28, 2017 – NBD Nanotechnologies, the surface “wettability” experts, today introduced an ultra durable omniphobic coating that enhances the water and oil repellency of automotive windshields, windows, sensors, and cameras. NBD’s patented RepelShell™ for Glass is the latest in the company’s line of customized solutions that make surfaces highly repellent to water, oil, dirt, and chemicals for much longer periods of time…”

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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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