Prof. Oleg L. Figovsky

Polymate Ltd. - International Nanotechnology Research Center

Polymate Ltd. - International Nanotechnology Research Center (Polymate-INRC) specializes in providing applied and theoretical research and development in the scientific and technological fields of material, chemical and environmental engineering, with a focus on the development, marketing, commercialization and manufacturing of advanced nanocomposites.

Polymate-INRC successfully operates on the basis of multi-sided partnerships in many countries around the world, including Europe, Japan, Canada, CIS countries and others.

Polymate-INRC has a modern research, testing and technological equipment for different projects in material engineering.

Polymate-INRC provides technical, marketing, financing and management accompaniment of projects.

Polymate-INRC's last elaboration Network Nanostructured Polymer System has been named a winner in the third annual NASA Nanotech Briefs®, Nano 50™ Awards (2007) in the Technology category.

The main laboratory of Polymate-INRC is located in Migdal HaEmek, Israel, and currently employs senior scientists – all with recognized achievements in advanced material engineering projects involving polymer materials, chemical analysis and testing, nanotechnology and corrosion protection coatings. Polymate-INRC has plans to expand its R&D activities and its scientific staff in the near future, mainly in the area of nanocomposites.

Development projects currently underway in Polymate-INRC include the following:

4 projects developed at the Polymate-INRC have received gold and silver medals at International Innovation Exhibition – IENA'98 (Nuremberg, Germany), the best award at the World Polyurethane Congress - 1997 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and the Prize of Ministry of Absorption of Israel – 1998. During last 5 years Polymate-INRC has received more than 20 US, CA, AU, Japan, S. Korea and EU patents.

Polymate-INRC is interested in increasing the number of its strategic partners

Polymate-INRC plans to start elaboration of 11 new joint projects on nanotechnology with Russian, French, Hungarian and Ukrainian scientists.

The R&D Director of Polymate-INRC Professor Oleg L. Figovsky, who is a leading world scientist in the field of novel material technologies, heads INRC R&D activities. Professor O. Figovsky is a member of European Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of two Russian Academies of Sciences. He is the author of more than 500 inventions, for which he has been awarded Gold Angel Prize at the Genius-2006 Exhibition. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal ''Scientific Israel – Technological Advantages'' (ISSN: 1565-1533), the chairman of the UNESCO chair ''Green Chemistry'', President of Israel Association of Inventors and an expert for technological projects (EC, Brussels, Belgium and BASHAN-program, Israel).

Polymate-INRC's General Manager is Mr. Alex Trossman, an experienced engineer with over 25 years of involvement and experience in Israeli Chemical Industry.

Main Current Projects of Polymate-INRC on Nanocomposites

Nanostructured Composites Based on Interpenetrated Polymer Network

This project is oriented to prepare nanocomposites based on interpenetrated polymer network, such as polyurethanes, epoxies and acrylate by the action of nanoparticles of SiO2, TiO2 and other metal oxides. Production of composite materials based on interpenetrating polymer networks provides an unique possibility to regulate their micro-and nano-structured properties. The new class of nanocomposite materials is characterized by the absence of contaminants at polymers production.. The main components of the technology are branched (dendro)-aminosilanes which serve as curing agents for many oligomers. Additional hydrolysis of aminosilane oligomers creates the secondary nano-structured network polymer that improves service properties of the compound.

Nanocomposites Based on Hybrid Organo-Silicate Matrix

Polymate-INRC has elaborated a number of nanostructured composites based on different kinds of soluble silicates during the liquid phase technological process. Significant increasing of silicate matrix strength and toughness was reached by incorporation of special liquid additives, such as TFS are acting as a microcrystallizing nucleator. Among our last development it is necessary to note a novel type of soluble silicate contained organic cations, for example, the DABCO-based organic alkali soluble silicate.

Polymer Nanocomposites with Very Low Permeability and High Resistance to Aggressive Environments

Novel chemically resistant polymer materials were elaborated through incorporation the nano-size inorganic active fillers. These nanoparticles react with aggressive medium, forming a new phase of high-strength hydrate complexes. The chemical resistant properties of the forming polymer materials are activated by harsh environmental conditions where polymer systems without additives remain defenseless to chemical corrosion.

Polymate-INRC has developed an extensive product range of such active nano-fillers for upgrading the most common polymers against a wide variety of aggressive media including acids, sea water, fluorine, alkalis and more.

Novel Metallic Matrix Nanoreinforced Materials Produced by Method of Superdeep Penetration

Production of novel metallic matrix nanocomposites is based on the new physical effect ''superdeep penetration'' (SDP). These materials can be used for metal-cutting and stamp tools, for cutters of coal and mining machines instead of usual tool steel or special alloys. Service life of the novel steel matrix nanocomposites tools is 1.5-5.0 times greater than usual tool. SDP technology can be applied for volumetric strengthening any type of cutting tool steels.

SDP effect allows to produce anisotropic nanocomposite materials with the aluminum matrix. Electro conductivity of these materials in mutual perpendicular directions can differ twice. The new SDP technology of volumetric reorganization of aluminum matrix will find wide application in manufacture of electric installations and electronic devices.

Water-Dispersion Paint Composition with Biocide Properties Based on Silver Nano-Powder

Polymate-INRC elaborated advanced bioactive coating with using silver nanoparticles. These silver nanoparticles were obtained by the novel BAR-synthesis. The biological activity of varnish-paint materials modified by silver nanoparticles was estimated on the following microorganisms:

  • Escherichia coli (E. Coli 1257) as a conventional model of bacterial contamination of the environment;
  • Coliphage (RNA-phage MS-2) as a model of viral infection, including influenza A and B, hepatitis A, et al;
  • Mold fungi (Penicillinum Chrysogenum) as a typical representative of microflora of the dwellings and a model of fungicidal contamination;
  • Spores as a model of spores and other microflora.

The data of the testing confirms the significant advantages of elaborated water-born acrylic bioactive coatings.

Main Publications of Polymate in the Field of Nanotechnology


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