Welcome to NanoPaper, LLC
NanoPaper is a specialty materials company focusing on clean-tech opportunities in the pulp and paper industry. We develop and apply advanced polymer chemistry and micro-particle science to create novel product attributes, improve efficiency, reduce costs, lessen environmental impact and enhance sustainability in the papermaking process.
Founded by serial entrepreneur David Soane, Ph.D., of Soane Labs, NanoPaper focuses on specialty additives for use in the manufacture of paper, containerboard and packaging. To date, we have developed technologies that increase strength of paper made from virgin or recycled fibers, improve attachment of specialized particles like optical brighteners and fillers, and permit the replacement of fluorine-containing coatings with eco-friendly alternatives.
Meeting the needs of the pulp and paper industry
Paper has played an instrumental role in our lives for hundreds, even thousands, of years. The paper and pulp industry is pioneering novel materials, adapting to new sources of fiber, and working to meet new market demands. Manufacturers are looking for revenue opportunities through new products. Consumers are demanding products that meet their needs, are affordable and reduce environmental impact. At the same time, the pulp and paper industry faces a number of very real challenges – from resource concerns including sustainable forestry objectives, management of water consumption and environmental regulations, to macroeconomic issues like high energy costs and cost containment pressures.
NanoPaper’s technologies offer an alternative to some of the current constraints faced by the paper and pulp industry. For example, recovered fiber today accounts for nearly half of the fiber utilized in current production (140 million tonnes recovered fiber versus 165 million tonnes virgin fiber). Yet recovered fibers are inherently less strong. For products utilizing recovered fibers, we have focused on improving performance characteristics for products using these fibers, while reducing the amount of wood fiber, energy or clean water required in the manufacturing process.