APS Laboratory
4830 Calle Alto, Suite I, Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 384-9711   hsryang@apslaboratory.com
APS Lab develops
low cost nanohybrid
synthesis processes
Nanohybrid materials that combine the functionality of selected inorganic nanoparticles and the versatility of polymers hold great promise for a surprisingly large number of important applications and markets. Whether in consumer applications such as fire retardant fabrics and materials or industrial coatings for corrosion control, the potential economic, environment and performance benefits are significant.

Until now, the key barrier to successful commercialization of nanohybrids has been the lack of a cost-effective synthesis process.

APS Laboratory has succeeded in developing a versatile and cost-effective process technology called tracSOL™ to synthesize a wide range of nanohybrids which, in a one pot chemical reaction, can yield a selectively sized and uniformly dispersed nanoparticles in a variety of polymer hosts.

tracSOL™ yields tractable metal oxide and metal phosphate sols. Tractability is achieved by stabilization that inhibits crosslinking (gel formation) through encapsulation, preparing the nanoparticles for solubilization, hybridization and functionalization.


Dried Powder


In Solution
     tracSOL™ Applications

non-toxic fire retardant plastics, anti-corrosion coatings, scratch resistant coating, oxidation and corona resistant coating quantum dot sensors and lasers, solar cells batteries, color filters, display components, photo/electrochromic coatings nanomagnets for GMR, medical instruments (MRI contrast enhancement) marking and separation, catalysts, chemical sensors, fuel cells gas storage

KEY FEATURES of tracSOL™
  • Simple yet versatile approach to prepare metal oxide and metal phosphate nanoparticles.
  • One-pot reaction of commercially available precursors, thus allowing easy scale-up of process.
  • Long storage time (>3 years) under normal storage conditions both as dried sol powders as well as in a solution form.
  • Re-dissolvable in various solvents even after heat treatment at ~200°C/2 hrs.
  • Readily incorporated into various polymer systems including epoxy, polyurethane, acrylate, silicones, polyimide, and polyamideimide to yield optically transparent composites.
  • Applicable to various metal oxide and metal phosphate systems including Ca, Mg, Si, Al, Ti, Zr, Zn, Fe, Co, Ni, V, Mn, Cr, Cu, Sb, Bi, In, Pb, Cd, W.
  • Can host various metal (e.g., Au, Ag, Pt, Pd, Fe, Co, Cu) and/or metal chalgogenide (e.g., CdS, CdSe, CdTe, PbS, CuS, ZnS, AgS) nanoparticles to form stable host-guest nano-composite nanoparticle powders that can be readily incorporated into polymers to yield the corresponding organic/inorganic nanocomposites that are optically transparent.