MCP Technology

Mechanochemical Processing (MCP) is a novel, patented solid-state process for the synthesis of a wide range of particulate materials. Mechanical milling of powdered reagents is used to induce chemical reactions through ball-powder collisions, resulting in the formation of particles within a solid state matrix. Particle agglomeration is controlled by the matrix, which is subsequently removed by washing.

Advantages of MCP

Advanced Nano Technologies MCP technology is a simple process which can be applied to a wide range of inorganic materials. Key advantages include:

  • Control of average particle size (nanoscale to micron-sized).
  • Narrow particle size distribution.
  • Low levels of agglomeration.
  • Control of chemical composition, including doping.
  • Unique morphologies possible, eg plate-like or rod-like particles.

MCP Examples

The list of materials that been synthesised by mechanochemical processing include:

Oxides Ferrites Sulphides Metals
Zinc oxide Indium tin oxide Barium ferrite Zinc sulphide Silver
Cerium oxide Iron oxide Strontium ferrite Cadmium sulphide Cobalt
Aluminium oxide Lanthanum oxide   Cerium sulphide Copper
Zirconium oxide Barium titanate     Iron
Tin oxide Lithium manganate     Nickel
        Titanium

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Applications

Advanced Nano Technologies advanced materials and processing technologies have potential in a wide range of application areas:

UV absorption cosmetics and plastics IR reflective coatings Photocatalytic materials
Cosmetic fillers Advanced ceramics Inks
Industrial effect pigments Fuel cells Textiles
Conductive pigments Semiconductors Gas barrier materials
Catalysts Composite materials Photovoltaic materials
Abrasion resistant coatings and plastics Lubricants Water purification
Polishing slurries Battery materials Filtration
Antimicrobial materials Capacitors Explosives

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