Our Technology

Our breakthrough technology was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by a research group led by Professor Christopher A. Schuh, Xtalics’ Chief Scientist and Co-founder.

Based on a fundamental scientific shift in material science, we leverage our patented rapid alloy design platform to supercharge relatively benign and widely available materials to break through our customers’ most demanding requirements for durability, corrosion resistance, and temperature stability. We design our novel nanostructured alloys and conduct commercial sampling in a state-of-the-art nanomaterial lab located in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Dynamic Nanostructure Control

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Xtalic has a unique ability to control the properties of metal through grain size manipulation. Our customers primarily focus on leveraging our alloy coatings to optimize the durability, corrosion resistance, and temperature stability of the materials they use to address performance gaps, high cost, or environmental restrictions of their existing solutions. Our technology can deliver additional benefits as well, including improvements in conductivity, magnetic strength, hardness, and ductility. Figure 1 depicts the ability to increase the hardness of traditional nickel and our own nickel tungsten alloy XTRONIC® through grain size reduction. Optimizing the properties of metal by controlling grain size is common, but creating a thermodynamically stable nanostructured metal broadens the utility of these materials across a variety of new applications and markets.

Thermodynamically Stable Nanostructured Metal Alloys

Using our patented technology to stabilize grain size maintains critical material properties during exposure to some of the most challenging environmental conditions. Figure 2 shows how traditional nanostructured nickel coarsens while our XTRONIC® alloy maintains the nanostructure. While unstable nanostructured metals may lose properties in normal room conditions over a matter of days, our nanostructured metal alloys continue to maintain their properties to address our customers’ needs in the most critical environments.

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Proprietary Manufacturing Methods

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Xtalic materials are physically created through a proprietary electrodeposition process that utilizes at least two materials — a primary material and an alloying element. The alloying element sits at the grain boundary of the primary material and provides stability over temperature and time. By increasing the amount of the alloying element, we tailor the primary material’s grain size and control its properties. See Figure 3. Xtalic is a leader in plating nanostructured alloys from both aqueous and non-aqueous ionic liquids using periodic, pulse-reverse plating. We tailor grain sizes and optimize alloy concentrations during electrodeposition to produce a single-phase, super-saturated, solid-solution alloy.

Patented Rapid Alloy Design Platform

Xtalic’s patented rapid alloy design platform enables our unique ability to develop, patent, and commercialize stable nanostructured metals quickly. Our company has broad coverage on existing alloys with over 30 patent families granted — and over 40 more pending. Global patent coverage includes state-of-matter, methods, and application-based intellectual property. Figure 4 displays a map of metals that preferentially combine to form stable nanostructured metal alloys. We continue to refine our design platform through additional innovations, scientific breakthroughs, and working with customers struggling with existing material solutions that limit their ability to unlock the next level of product performance and features — while maintaining safety, price, and environmental goals.

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