Applied Nanotech INC.

Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), a PEN Inc company, is the PEN Design Center focused on developing new products for the PEN family of companies using nanotechnology. Its team of PhD-level scientists and engineers work to solve technical impasses and create innovations; producing a competitive advantage for the PEN family.

Ink and Paste materials for Printed Electronics

ANI has developed a portfolio of high-performance low-cost inks and pastes to address the needs of the emerging printed electronics industry.  Our printed electronic materials include nanoparticle and microparticle formulations for conductive metal (Cu, Ag, Ni, Al, CuNi alloy and other metal alloys) and dielectric applications for various printing technologies and substrate materials, including flexible circuits on polymer substrates.  Our expertise in nanoparticle ink formulations, application-specific R&D, and strategic supply chain partners enable us to quickly and efficiently meet the demands of the market.  Our copper ink was recognized with an R&D 100 Award in 2010.

Thermal Management


Temperature control is the number one cause of failure for electronics. The lifetime of products that contain computer and video chips, LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and IGBTs is greatly affected by the ability to keep components cool.  The CarbAl™ heat transfer material provides a thermal management solution for temperature control issues.   The ANI CarbAl™ materials provide a unique combination of low density, high thermal diffusivity, high thermal conductivity, and a low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), resulting in a material that far exceeds the capabilities of conventional passive thermal management materials.   Awarded R&D 100 in 2009.

Graphene Films and Foils

ANI offers carbon films and foils based on high-strength graphene for stripper foil, radiation windows, gas-cell windows, x-ray and ion-beam windows and thermal management applications.  Stripper foils and ion-beam windows are critical components of cyclotrons and accelerators used for making radioactive isotopes needed for medical imaging, such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET).



ANI has developed methane and hydrogen gas sensors and detectors with sensitivity ranging from 0.1% to 100%.  Our methane detector recently passed UL 1484 certification.  ANI also has ion mobility technology that can measure trace-levels of most volatile organic compounds in air and other environments. 

A Pen, Inc. Company

At PEN, we’re harnessing nanotechnology, the science of the infinitely small, in products that have big impact on health, safety and sustainability. They perform better, faster, smarter, stronger, cleaner – to make every day better for people and the planet.

From healthcare to homecare, homeland defense to food security, transportation to recreation, products from our family of companies are transforming the way we live, work and play.

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