Cerion Nanomaterials, renowned for its leadership in nanomaterial innovation and industrial-scale manufacturing since 2007, announces a significant expansion of its ceramic research and development (R&D) operations. This initiative builds upon the company’s longstanding expertise in the design and manufacture of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, responding to the increasing demand for ceramic nanomaterials from sectors such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, and defense.

Two scientists in white lab coats working in Cerion's Ceramics lab, with one operating large industrial equipment and the other inspecting a series of small containers on a lab bench.This strategic expansion is characterized by the development of larger dedicated facilities, enhanced capabilities, and increased personnel — all aimed at designing custom ceramic nanomaterials, and seamlessly transferring them from the laboratory to high-volume manufacturing. The upgraded facilities feature state-of-the-art synthesis and processing, as well as comprehensive analytical capabilities for thermal, structural, and mechanical analysis of ceramics.

To support the synthesis of custom-designed ceramic nanoparticles in a research and development setting, Cerion has increased its capacity and capabilities for managing thermal reactions in both oxidative and reducing atmospheres. The company has also invested in increasing and refining pre-processing and post-processing stages to ensure the precision processing of raw material feedstocks and finished products.

A cornerstone of the investment has also been the significant upgrade of our ISO-17025-compliant in-house analytical center, now equipped with an advanced suite of instruments for dedicated thermal, structural, mechanical property testing as well as failure analysis. This suite now includes cutting-edge tools and dedicated personnel for such techniques as Dilatometry, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to name a few.  These enhancements significantly boost the ability to deeply understand and characterize ceramic nanomaterials, facilitating the tailored design of ceramic nanomaterials to meet specific market and customer requirements with unprecedented speed and precision.

A sequence of four photos showing Cerion scientists in white coats operating various pieces of equipment. From left to right: the first technician is using a drill press, the second is monitoring a precision scale, the third is adjusting settings on a large blue pressing machine, and the fourth is opening the door to a furnace.

Landon Mertz, CEO of Cerion Nanomaterials, highlights the strategic importance of this expansion: “By recognizing the potential of nano-ceramics early on, Cerion has been proactively investing in this domain to stay ahead of market demands. This expansion is a pivotal step in enhancing client support, enabling faster and more cost-effective development of precisely engineered nanomaterials for customer’s specific applications and use cases.”

The expansion of the ceramic R&D operation underscores Cerion’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of technical ceramics and nanomaterial use. With these advanced capabilities, the company is well-positioned to meet market needs for custom nanomaterials that set new benchmarks for performance and reliability.

About Cerion Nanomaterials

Cerion is a leader in the science of designing, scaling and manufacturing metal, metal oxide and ceramic nanomaterials for industry.

The cost of developing advanced expertise in nanomaterials is prohibitively expensive and time intensive, resulting in a significant barrier to entry for companies considering its adoption. Cerion provides companies with access to this expertise through all phases of the product life cycle including applied research, development, scale-up, commercialization and manufacturing.

Cerion’s position in the market is enabled by three strategic competitive advantages: deep and demonstrated capability in a.) precision design and customization of both nanoparticle size and technical attributes, b.) robust processes to scale materials from prototype to low and high-volume production rates, and c.) industry-leading, cost-effective manufacturing systems and production capacities.