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NanoRazorback Artwork Donated to University of Arkansas College of Engineering

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NanoMech today donated an original piece of art commissioned for the University of Arkansas College of Engineering to be placed on permanent display in the Nanoscale Institute on campus. This donation is dedicated in appreciation for the many talented UA alumni that have joined NanoMech as full time employees.

Dr. Ajay Malshe, Dean John English, and Jim Phillips in front of artwork donated to the UA College o ...

Dr. Ajay Malshe, Dean John English, and Jim Phillips in front of artwork donated to the UA College of Engineering and Nanosciences (Photo: Business Wire)

Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech, said, “approximately 70% of our employees are University of Arkansas graduates. This relationship is important to the continued growth and success of our company, and NanoMech benefits from having access to the first class microscopy center based in the UA Engineering Nanoscale Institute.” He told the story of how NanoMech started with a folding table and two tremendous scientists located outside a public restroom in the Genesis Building, to today occupying over 50,000 square feet of manufacturing, laboratory and production facilities in the Company’s world headquarters in Springdale, and recent expansions of four divisions including Automotive in Detroit; Energy, in Houston; Aerospace in Dallas; and Transport, based in Fayetteville.

Dr. John English, Dean of College of Engineering, praised NanoMech for winning the most prestigious national innovation awards over the last year including the R&D 100 Award, the Edison Award, and the Tibbetts Award. “It is our great pleasure to be part of the public-private partnership with NanoMech,” commented English. “Mr. Phillips has assembled an outstanding Board of Directors, and led an investment round to move this terrific technology to the market used in manufacturing worldwide.”

Dr. Ajay Malshe, Chief Technology Officer, said, “From humble beginnings, that included outstanding support from the Dean of Engineering and The University of Arkansas, we have matured to serving many Fortune 500 companies globally with very advanced nanoscale solutions that are winning on the Indy Race tracks; operating undersea and on major rigs under extreme conditions in energy exploration and safety; helping aerospace build lightweight, fuel efficient jet engines; increasing performance for thousands of HD trucks across American highways; innovating super durable and very lightweight wheels and automotive components; increasing the reliability and life of engines while constantly improving manufacturing processes and dramatically reducing costs making America far more competitive.”

About NanoMech

NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nano-engineered and nano-manufactured product development. NanoMech is a pioneer in applying breakthrough innovations to robust areas of national interest including machining and manufacturing, lubrication and energy, and strategic military applications.

Products include nGlide®, which has revolutionized lubricants, radically reducing friction and wear at the atomic scale while increasing load carrying capacity under the most extreme pressures. The only macromolecular solution, nGlide® increases performance, durability and reliability – achieving top machine performance like never before. This industry-leading, transformative nano science is light years ahead of the competition and is transforming the entire industry.

TuffTek®, our revolutionary coatings make tools last longer than ever before. In fact, our cutting tools are the longest-lasting available on the market anywhere. TuffTek® is a game-changing breakthrough in cutting tool solutions, which combines the extreme hardness and high temperature performance of cubic boron nitrade though the use of our patented nanotechnology with the industry leading combinatorial chemistries. These nanostructured and engineered cutting tools have been recognized as what Cutting Tool Engineering magazine calls “The Holy Grail” of insert coatings.

NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, based in Washington, DC. For more information please visit and

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