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Customer Case Study

The Path from Nanomaterial Design to Commercialization

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Company: Heliotrope Technologies, founded 2012

Market/Application: Industrial Smart Glass

Opportunity: Custom CeO2 design, scale-up and manufacturing used in smart glass coating.

Heliotrope Technologies* specialized in smart glass development utilizing a colloidal nanocrystal platform. Their goal was to create an affordable and efficient electrochromic glass system suitable for architecture, vehicles, and transit applications. The company aimed to establish a new benchmark in the smart glass market. However, their specific product required cerium dioxide nanoparticles that were not commercially available. They needed a material that matched their criteria in terms of appearance, functionality, and cost-effectiveness for this application.

Heliotrope already had a proof of concept which identified a crucial material for their production process: a coating including cerium dioxide nanoparticles to transform glass into ‘smart’ glass. They had already determined the technical specifications and approached Cerion to help develop nanoparticles to meet those requirements.

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*Heliotrope ceased operations in 2021. This development has enabled Cerion to share our technical collaboration with them as a case study. This case study illustrates our approach to working with clients, covering aspects of research, the scale-up process, and manufacturing.

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Nanomaterial Services



High degree of precision control over nanoparticle size and technical attributes to maximize nanomaterial performance



Proven ability to scale-up nanoparticles 1,000 to 10,000x their lab-scale counterparts while preserving critical design parameters



Infrastructure designed to ensure companies can acquire cost-effective nanoparticles at pilot and industrial scale volumes

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Whether you have proof of concept or are interested in establishing proof of concept, Cerion can help. Our solutions-based approach allows us to quickly provide you with optimized candidate materials based on your specified product application to enable you to rapidly enable a path towards commercialization. Our team acts as an extension of your development team, following your lead to ensure both fit and scalability for commercialization.

From the material design stage, through scale-up and manufacturing – we focus on providing you with the customized materials you require. Our in-house teams of researchers, analytical chemists and engineers have decades of experience working with an expansive list of metal, metal oxide and ceramic nanomaterials, allowing our customers to rely on us no matter how much nanomaterial expertise they have coming into our partnership. 

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