Carbon & Graphite
Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. is an independent chemical manufacturing company. With offices and warehousing in the UK, USA and China and a global network of distributors, we service the domestic and international markets and export to over 80 countries worldwide.
Founded in 1926 in Consett, in the North East of England still home to our manufacturing facilities Thomas Swan today produces over 100 products and offers an experienced and flexible manufacturing service.
Our independence has enabled us to take an innovative approach to chemical manufacturing. Working closely with leading universities we have developed cutting-edge technologies including the world’s first continuous-phase supercritical facility and the UK’s first commercial-scale carbon nanotube plant.
Whilst we are now a leading supplier to the international chemicals market, we have retained the flexibility and customer-focused approach of a family business which enables us to offer outstanding service and support to customers ranging from major multinationals to small start-ups.
At Thomas Swan we have always searched for new and exciting technologies. Building on our core competency in chemistry, over the years we have founded or invested in many different early stage companies. From our beginnings in road surfacing, we have diversified into a wide range of businesses including photonics (Cambridge Photonics Ltd.), protein separation (Bioprocessing Ltd.), flat screen displays (Screen Technology Ltd.), contract research (BioDynamics Research Ltd.), MOCVD reactors (Thomas Swan Scientific Equipment Ltd.) and hydrogen storage (Cella Energy Ltd.).
Our Business comprises three divisions: (1) Performance Chemicals, (2) Custom Manufacture and (3) Advanced Materials.
Our Advanced Materials division is dedicated to the supply of high performance materials which deliver value for our customers in new and emerging markets, from printable electronics, memory devices and energy storage to advanced coating and composite systems.
We were early investors in carbon nanotube technologies, forming a strong collaboration with the University of Cambridge to develop a scalable process for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes. The carbon nano-materials business was launched in 2004, and has continued to add capabilities. Today, Thomas Swan Advanced Materials can manufacture kilogramme quantities of both single-wall and multi-wall carbon nanotubes. A particular strength is our ability to manufacture high quality single-wall carbon nanotubes; our Elicarb® SW products.
In 1988, IONBOND developed Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) a revolutionary surface treatment for anti-wear coatings. The performances of this coating were far superior to other coating on the market. These new coatings opened an opportunity for TRIBOtechnic to launch in France. After TRIBOtechnic’s launch we experienced great local success in mechanical parts for high technology; Formula 1, prothesis, medical application, tools, etc.
TRIBOtechnic was the first company to introduce DLC to the world of Formula 1 engines. This new technology allowed the French engine manufacturer to develop a competitive engine that became a six time winner of the World Champion Manufacturer title. Today, this coating has been incorporated into all Formula 1 engines and is a standard feature in sport cars.
Marc Bellantonio and his team of engineers have over 35 years of experience in the field of tribology, micro-mechanics, and the manufacturing of tribometers, scratch testers and calotesters. Since 2004, they have used their experience to create innovative and user friendly products. The implementation of new technologies, such as microprocessor and USB connections allowed TRIBOtechnic to introduce unique features and exceed our customers’ expectations. Today, TRIBOtechnic is in 25 countries and its products range from milli and macro scratch testers, milli and macro tribometers, calotesters and Rockwell adhesion test.
Keith Company engineers and builds furnaces, kilns, ovens, lehrs, and thermal oxidizers. The nature of these systems is that they serve very technical and specialized niche market applications and as a result, there are only a handful of truly US based suppliers for these systems. Keith company maintains specialized knowledge in a myriad of fields including processing advanced materials, metals, specialty metals, advanced ceramics, electronic-materials, carbon and graphite, glass and more.
Keith Company specializes in supporting applications that require tight control of heating and cooling rates, temperature uniformity, process atmospheres, dew-points, process repeatability, integration of abatement systems, heat recovery systems, automation and more. As a result of the variety of technologies they excel in, Keith Company finds itself making many types of furnaces to order.
We have been providing solutions for advanced thermal processing since 1946. As a pioneer in the LED-sapphire and vacuum industries, we have served the lighting, renewable energy, electronics, aerospace, communications, health care, and research and development industries utilizing material applications of metals, ceramics, glass, nanopowders, crystals, and emerging material. We carry a wide variety of vacuum furnaces, hot zone parts, OEM parts and much more. Please take a look throughout our website to learn more about what we can offer as well as our laboratory furnace, production furnace, hot press system, spark plasma sintering (SPS) and direct current sintering (DCS), graphite hot zone & OEM parts, ARC melting furnace, and fiber drawing furnace products.
Hot Press System
DCS / SPS Systems
ARC Melting Furnace
Fiber Drawing Furnace
Hot Zones & OEM Parts
Annealing / Stress Relieving
Chemical Vapor Deposition
Hard Metal / Cermets
Metal Injection Molding
Optical Fiber Drawing
Powder Injection Molding
R&D Carbon (RDC) is the world-leading supplier of know-how in the field of carbon electrodes. Our multi-disciplinary and laterally-thinking team serves the aluminum, petroleum coke, pitch and electrode industries worldwide.
Our long experience and intensive research into carbon technology provide solid support to our constant quest to improve product quality. RDC contributes substantially to reducing metal production costs and to lowering capital investment for production plants.
R&D Carbon performs basic and applied research in conjunction with leading universities which are also working on carbon. Many doctorate students from renowned universities and research institutes in New Zealand, Switzerland and China have intensively investigated several hot topics in their PhD thesis. They benefited from the first class testing facility of our research laboratories, as well as from the wide experience of our senior scientists in the carbon and metal field.
UIC, Inc. was established by Jerold Armstrong in 1965 as a manufacturer’s representative firm and has grown into a full manufacturing and R&D facility.UIC manufactures coulometric carbon and sulfur analysis systems, vapor pressure osmometers, and kinematic/dynamic viscosity systems.
Products and Markets:
The primary products for UIC are the coulometric carbon analysis systems. These systems are used extensively by the university, geological, oceanographic, petroleum and cleanliness verification markets. The carbon analysis systems have the ability to determine total carbon (TC), total organic carbon (TOC), total inorganic carbon (TIC) and surface carbon (SC) in solids, liquids, slurries and gases.
The coulometric detection system operates on the principles of Faraday’s Law and provides calibration free analysis of practically any material. Typical analysis times range from 5 to 8 minutes utilizing sample sizes from 10ug to 3g. The detection range for these systems is 10ug to 100mg of carbon per sample. This translates to an effective analytical range of 10ppm to 100% and will provide relative standard deviations below 0.2% when analyzing standard materials.
The osmometers are used primarily in the university and polymer manufacturing markets as a way to determine average molecular weights of soluble polymers from 100 to 1,000,000 Dalton.
The viscosity systems are used to determine kinematic viscosities of Newtonian fluids in the range of 0.3 to 100,000 centistokes.
UIC is dedicated to providing superior service and innovative solutions to our end-users needs. We maintain two research and development laboratories, an experienced product development staff, a fully equipped service department and a state-of-the-art machine shop to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.
UIC will strive to improve our already excellent customer support system and enhance our reputation as a world leader in instrumentation and pump technology.
Spareparts & Consumables
Designer and manufacturer of probes with carbon nanotube tips for atomic force microscopes.
New CDI FN Series a new series of CNT probes at a new low price.
CDI FN Series Carbon Nanotube probes capture all the advantages of a CNT tipped probe with no compromises. Extremely high aspect ratios (up to 20:1) Exceptionally long wear (up to 200x longer than silicon/SiN and 50x longer than High-Density, Diamond Like Carbon (HDC/DLC)) and the smallest ROC on the market for a High Aspect Ratio probe (1nm ROC).
Using a CDI patented process, the carbon nanotube AFM probe has been perfected. Straightened carbon nanotubes can deliver the radius of curvature needed for high resolution imaging combined with the tube structure necessary for high topography Imaging. All in a single probe with a useable lifetime up to 200x your standard probes.
Alfa Aesar, a member of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of research chemicals, metals and materials for a wide span of applications.
Look to Alfa Aesar for fine and specialty chemicals produced and packaged to your specifications. With over 50 years of production experience, our custom capabilities are unsurpassed.
By combining the research chemical expertise of Alfa Aesar and the specialist nanoparticle manufacturing capabilities of Cerion, we have joined forces to offer you an exclusive program – Nanoparticle Design Services.
Metals and Materials:
Windows and Spheres
Fuel Cell Products
Metal Scavenger Products
Precious Metals & Catalysts
Hot Disk AB is dedicated solely to facilitating its clients’ thermal transport property measurements. Utilizing the groundbreaking and recently ISO-certified TPS (Transient Plane Source) technique, Hot Disk instruments accurately ascertain the thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat capacity of a vast range of materials from single transient recordings. We have claimed considerable market share from competitors employing older and more limited techniques in recent years.
Hot Disk AB develops and provides equipment for measuring and testing thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat capacity. With our equipment, testing thermal properties is easy, fast and non-destructive.
Knowing the thermal properties of materials or devices is crucial when designing any application where heating or cooling is a factor. Being able to readily acquire this information is important for designers, engineers and scientists alike.
Examples for Applications:
Anisotropy: Modern batteries (Li-Ion) have drastically different thermal ¬conductivities in different directions. Simple and accurate ¬measurement procedure with Hot Disk sensors. Hot Disk can perform anisotropic measurements on modern, Li-Ion batteries with a regular stack structure. The stack structure can be either cylindrical stack, or a plane stack structure.
The SURAGUS GmbH develops, manufactures and sells eddy current-based testing technology for innovative testing tasks. The company uses new technological opportunities due to advances in signal processing, the availability of more powerful computing technologies and possibilities of new manufacturing and miniaturization methods. Applications are amongst others quality control of structured and unstructured functional layers, quality assurance of carbon fiber materials and classic conductive materials. The company is a spin-off and licensees of the Fraunhofer IKTS Dresden.
The eddy current method utilizes local conductivity variations of the test objects for the characterization of correlated quality characteristics such as thickness, conductivity, homogeneity and purity or physical changes. The complex eddy current signal contains various information about the test object which can be separated in many cases with simple or complex algorithms. Our eddy current testing technology is based on a powerful eddy current electronics with a frequency range from 10 kHz to 100 MHz, which is combined with different sensor concepts depending on the application.
Fast (EddyCus Systems measure at a rate of 50.000 measurements per second)
Suitable for automation
Broad portfolio of sensors for different applications
Contactless Conductivity measurement of functional thin films (e.g. TCOs, CNTs, Metallization, Silver-Nanowire)
Non-contact Orientation testing and flaw detection for Carbon fiber composites (undulations, Impacts, gases, thrust faults)
Contactless weight determination in many carbon fiber materials
Determination of gradients of super-alloys
Layer thickness measurement of thin films and coatings from 5 nm thickness
Mapping for errors in conductive layer system (cracks, voids, delaminations, etc.)