Delft IMP has received a 10 million euro series A capital injection from Nordic venture capitalist Sandwater and Dutch public investment bank Invest-NL. The deep-tech startup plans to use the money to scale up its nanocoating process to industrial levels. Applications include more durable batteries and LED phosphors.
Founded in 2014, the spinoff from Delft University of Technology adapted the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process to give powder particles a ‘nanoshell’ of desired thickness. While traveling through a tubular reactor, the particles come into contact with gaseous precursors, which react with their surface. Thus, a coating is formed atomic layer by atomic layer, the thickness of which depends on the diameter and length of the reactor’s tubes.