Nfinite’s technology produces biodegradable and recyclable barrier layers on sustainable packaging to improve food safety and shelf life, and reduce both food and plastic waste.
Our advanced nanocoating system is an Atmospheric Pressure - Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (AP-SALD) that produces conformal, uniform, high-quality and ultrathin films on large substrate areas up to 100x faster than conventional ALD at a lower cost. It can deposit nanocoatings at low temperatures (25 - 300C) in open air with high degree of thickness and composition control. It also has a scalable reactor design for high throughput applications. There is also potential for fast and continuous nanolaminate (multilayer stacks) and doping capabilities. The lower operation and maintenance cost than other ALD platforms is attributed to the elimination of the vacuum chamber, highly efficient usage of precursors, simplified design using 3D printing, and the small equipment footprint. Its modular nature enables easy integration with existing manufacturing pipelines. Our system can also be used for rapid device optimization and prototyping, another capability that is sought by many advanced manufacturing companies.
Our patent-pending spatial atomic layer deposition technology is designed for high-throughput coating of barrier layers on packaging materials. Compared to traditional barrier layers, our coatings are only a few tens of nanometers thick, so they don’t affect the compostability or recyclability of sustainable packaging materials. The coatings are also pinhole-free so they provide superior barrier properties to extend the shelf life of food by days or months. In contrast to traditional manufacturing methods for barrier layers, our technology is solvent-free and open-air, which makes it cheaper, faster, and environmentally friendly. The technology will simultaneously reduce food waste, plastic waste, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Applications of our technology in food packaging include but are not limited to:
• Improving moisture barrier performance by 50x to make sustainable packaging viable (e.g., compostable packaging, paper packaging, fully recyclable monolayer packaging).
• Enhancing UV protection for transparent packaging.
• Providing anti-microbial properties to extend the shelf life of products.
• Removing aluminum layer and reducing plastic thickness.