University of Birmingham

Irresistible Materials is founded upon and has acquired rights in technology developed by Dr Alex Robinson, Professor Richard Palmer, Professor Jon Preece and their teams in the Schools of Chemical Engineering, Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. IM continues to collaborate closely with the University on the optimization and characterization of its photoresist materials.

The University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant global community, and an internationally-renowned institution. Ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 4,000 international students from nearly 150 countries. The University plays an integral role in the economic, social and cultural growth of local and regional communities; working closely with businesses and organisations, employing approximately 6,000 staff and providing 10,000 graduates annually.

Nano-C Inc

Nano-C, is a leading developer of nanostructured carbon for use in energy and electronics applications. These materials include fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and their chemical derivatives.

Nano-C looks to expand its markets by partnering with applications developers. Early-on Nano-C identified the University of Birmingham and later Irresistible Materials (IM), its spin-off company, as having critical fullerene-based technology that would fundamentally enable the development of the next generation of semi-conductors. By working with Dr Alex Robinson and his associates at IM, we jointly have significantly advanced the overall materials chemistry and its application. The IM/Nano-C team is now meeting with commercial partners in the final step to commercialization.

Nano-C has an exclusive license from Unidym/Siemens for the malonate-type fullerene derivative targeted for use in EUV Photo-resists and in Hard Masks. In addition, Nano-C has received EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) clearance for fullerene and malonate-type fullerene derivative manufacture supporting the drive to full commercial availability.

Nano-C’s mission is to play a key role in enabling applications of these materials and is committed to their responsible development and use. Nano-C is a privately held company founded in 2001 and is located in Westwood, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, visit: