ONC Technology Overview
Organic Nano-Cubes (ONC) are porous, sponge-like, crystalline nano-materials. They are highly absorbent nano-materials manufactured using carbohydrate molecules called cyclodextrin (CD) rings. Using 100% renewable and edible green materials, the CD rings are assembled together to form the faces of hollow cubes that are stacked like lego building blocks to construct a much larger cubic crystalline structure.
The storage space within the cubes is incredibly large. About 4 grams (less than one teaspoon full) can cover the surface area of a football field! Each of these organic cubes have large open spaces that can absorb, store, and transport many different types of chemicals.
PanaceaNano offers several ONC material platforms to host a wide variety of product ingredients in a broad range of applications in Cosmetics, Chemical & Petrochemical, Home & Personal Care, Food & Beverage, and the Pharmaceutical industries. Depending on the specific product application, the organic nano-cube crystals are designed to optimize for one or more of their unique properties, such as strong absorption and high-capacity storage of volatile compounds, controlled chemical release rates, encapsulation, molecular-specific adsorption, drug loading, targeted chemical cargo release, and bioavailability.
Along with ensuring ideal physical properties such as solubility and viscosity in order to blend with the desired ingredients, the organic nano-cube crystals are engineered to perform three strategic functions:
1) Extraction: They can be placed in an environment where their chemistry attracts one or more specific compounds into each nano-cube's large open spaces, thereby extracting a targeted substance, such as harmful gases (e.g., cabon dioxide, nerve agents, unpleasant odors, etc.) out of that environment. Again, the ability to extract and store compounds is many orders of magnitude better than those available.
2) Storage: They can be employed to store molecules which are useful in the food and home care industries such as flavors and fragrances. The nano-cubes can slowly release embedded compounds, thereby improving the product's performance.
3) Delivery: Each nano-cube can encapsulate one or more compounds that can be delivered later. This property typically would involve the nano-cubic material being incorporated into the packaging of another product (e.g., flavorings, cosmetics, home care, personal care, drugs, etc) where the encapsulated compound is released over a controlled period of time. With their ability to store large amounts of various compounds, along with the precise control of the release mechanism, these materials have a huge advantage over competing biotechnologies.