Boston-based NBD Nanotechnologies Inc., a startup dedicated to chemical technologies that change the surface properties of materials like glass and plastic, says it has created a manufacturing additive that could make soccer players ‘ and others ‘ very happy.
he additive material is part of NBD Nano’s new RepelShell line of products. When the material is added to a plastic resin during the manufacturing process, the final plastic product will be extremely resistant to water, dirt, mud and ice.
‘Imagine a professional soccer star playing on a super-muddy pitch,” Deckard Sorensen, the president of NBD Nano, said in a statement. “If the bottoms of the player’s cleats have RepelShell for Plastic, they will remain permanently and completely mud-free.”
Sorensen co-founded the company with his Boston College classmate, CEO Miguel Galvez.
The company says its technology could be used in other consumer goods, like athletic clothes that don’t get dirty, or in industrial plastics used in manufacturing, energy and cars.
Founded in 2012, NBD Nano now has 14 employees and a 4,400-square-foot headquarters in Brighton. In 2014, the startup landed $5.2 million in funding from Supply Chain Ventures and Phoenix Venture Partners. It has also received grants from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research program.
Earlier in February, NBD Nano released a coating for metal and glass surfaces that promises to eliminate the appearance of fingerprints. Other products include metallic technology that “harvests” a water supply from surrounding fog. The company’s name, which stands for Namib Beetle Design, is inspired by a beetle that pulls off a similar trick with its back.
NBD Nano isn’t the only local company in the working on high-tech coatings. SLIPS Technologies, founded out of Harvard, makes a slippery coating to keep sticky industrial material from clinging to its container. LiquiGlide, founded out of MIT, recently raised $16 million for a similar industrial coating after first targeting the condiments-bottle market.