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NanoSonic , Inc.

158 Wheatland Dr

Pembroke, Virginia 24136

United States

Company Description

NanoSonic, Inc. is a private company specializing in advanced materials. We are headquartered in Pembroke, Virginia, near the main campus of Virginia Tech. Our work is focused on the development and manufacture of novel materials. We offer research and de ... more

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Background Information


Board Member
Giles County Technology Center


Ph. D.

polymer chemistry

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Polymer Chemistry

Virginia Tech.

bachelor's degree


Penn State



Virginia Tech

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NanoSonic staff participates in school science demonstrations, Career Days, and as mentors in after-school programs, and President Jennifer Lalli serves on the Board of the Giles County Technology Center.

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Jennifer Lalli
Chief Technology Officer Jennifer Lalli received her Ph.D. in polymer chemistry and worked as a polymer research chemist at Avery Dennison prior to joining NanoSonic in 2002.

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Dr. Jennifer Hoyt Lalli is obtaining her Ph. D. in polymer chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002. She received her M.S. in polymer chemistry from the polymer synthesis and nanocomposite research group of Dr. Judy Riffle at Virginia Tech in 1999, and her B.S. from Penn State in chemistry in 1996. The emphasis of her academic and former industrial career has been on the design, synthesis, and characterization of functionalized polysiloxane networks as thermally conductive adhesive materials. Prior to her education at Virginia Tech, she pursued her polymer science career at Avery Dennison, Chemical Div., Mill Hall, Pa., for 2 years. Her work at Avery Dennison first focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of emulsion polymerizations for pressure sensitive adhesive materials (PSAs). She also implemented the development and testing of PSAs for ISO 9001.

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Rick Claus, an electrical engineer at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Jennifer Lalli, a polymer chemist at NanoSonic, a spin-out from Virginia Tech, believe they have solved this problem.

"Eight people from a Fortune 500 company were in here a couple of weeks ago," said Jennifer Hoyt Lalli, nanocomposites group leader for NanoSonic, during an interview Tuesday at the company's increasingly cramped quarters on South Main Street. "Right now we are still refining Metal Rubber to the specs these companies want," she said.
But Lalli said word about Metal Rubber is spreading. "We get calls about it every week," she said. Marten de Vries, NanoSonic's vice president of business development, said company revenue sources include government research and development funds and "prototyping funding" from defense contractors. The company also has a portfolio of products that incorporate NanoSonic's electrostatic self-assembly process, he said. Lalli said NanoSonic is "bursting at the seams" on South Main Street, and she and de Vries acknowledged that a search is under way for a new home. De Vries put it this way in an e-mail: "NanoSonic is looking for a cost effective expansion solution and would like to stay in the area." Lalli would not say whether Metal Rubber contains any metal or rubber. She said she preferred to talk in terms of nanoparticles and polymers.
NanoSonic's relationship with Lockheed Martin started because of the latter's interest in transparencies, according to Jennifer Lalli, director of nanocomposites and vice president of business development for NanoSonic. (With stealth properties being built into many new military aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, making a window for the pilot that also absorbs radar is critical.) But NanoSonic showed Lockheed a lot more. While most nanomaterials are too small to be seen without a microscope, NanoSonic's self-assembly process makes the molecules literally put themselves together into larger, thicker materials. "We showed them that we can upscale this process," Lalli said. "We've gone essentially from nano to macro." That piqued Lockheed's interest. If NanoSonic could make large objects out of those tough nanomaterials, how well could it control the process? In particular, could NanoSonic create, say, an aircraft window that looks like clear glass, but actually is made of several layers? Could it make a windscreen with a tough (and radar-absorbing) outer skin that could darken in bright sun and provide a heads-up display for the pilot? Quite possibly. "We can now tailor those mechanical and ... electrical properties and essentially design a whole host of products for their specific needs," Lalli said. And thus the agreement, which at this point is about information, not money. According to Lalli, employees from both companies will share information and meet quarterly. "We're putting on paper that we want to work toward developing solutions to problems together," she said. Considering that Lockheed Martin had sales of almost $32 billion last year, it's a nice agreement for NanoSonic to have.
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While most nanomaterials are too small to be seen without a microscope, NanoSonic's self-assembly process makes the molecules literally put themselves together into larger, thicker materials. "We showed them that we can upscale this process," Lalli said. "We've gone essentially from nano to macro."

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Jennifer Lalli, NanoSonic's vice president for business development and director of nanocomposites, said the company has supplied Metal Rubber to "defense prime partners" for proprietary applications.

"We sold materials tailored for their systems, but not the technology," Lalli said.

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