EADS, Rusnano working to drive innovation in nanotechnology

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A cooperative agreement has been forged between aerospace giant EADS and Russian Nanotechnology Corp (Rusnano) with the aim of spearheading advancement in nanotech-related fields.

The partnership, agreed by EADS chief technical officer Jean Botti and Rusnano CEO Anatoly Chubais, comes at a time when the aerospace community is studying ways to incorporate carbon nanotubes into various aviation systems and processes. For instance, a new anti-icing system that deploys carbon nanotubes into an airliner's paint coating is being developed by research firm Battelle. Separately, EasyJet recently announced it is testing a nanotechnology-based polymer exterior polish that is designed to reduce fuel burn by smoothing the aircraft's surface, reducing the build-up of dirt and lowering drag.

As a first step in their partnership, EADS and Rusnano will identify relevant patents in EADS's portfolio which could be suited to develop new business in the Russian industry.

"As a global leader in aerospace and defence, EADS has technologies that can help our partners maintain their competitive edge," said Botti. "Today's agreement establishes the ground for cooperation in different areas through the use and transfer of intellectual property and technology."

Rusnano CEO Anatoly Chubais added: "Our cooperation paves the way for the progress in nanotech-related fields including energy efficiency, new materials, life science and security".