Funzionano AS is developing hybrid nanoparticles or chemical «building blocks» which can be tailored to improve material properties like flame retardancy, hydrophobicity and gas barrier efficacy.
FunzioNano® is a generic technology platform developed through research at SINTEF over a period of 13 years (2002-2015), during which MNOK 80 was been spent on FunzioNano® product R&D.
Funzionano AS was founded in 2015 to commercialise the technology developed at SINTEF, and the company is now developing the production of functional nanotechnology-based hybrid polymers with proven, customised material-enhancing properties.
Funzionano® is a class of highly branched nano sized polymers, which can act as an «additive» to a number of raw materials to give the final product new or enhanced properties. They are shown to act as flame-inhibitors, and are able to replace heavy metal-based flame retardants in for example flooring materials and woody building materials, resulting in more environmentally friendly products. Funzionano technology can also be used to attribute new properties to plastics such as PET by improving the gas barrier, and to increase the water repellent properties in concrete filler products.
The technology platform is protected by a series of patents and possesses a full seven (7) different patent families. The goal of Funzionano AS is to develop innovative, environmentally friendly technology that can help drive sustainable growth. The patented technology has also been used by Jotun in the Drygolin Extreme paint products, which led to reduced use of solvents and improved paint product properties.