Bojar, spokesman for the company, took the time to
answer some of my questions related to Nano Green
and their nanobusiness.
Tell us about Nano Green.
The core of Nano Green's revolutionary technology
is based upon new developments in colloidal chemistry.
The resulting product is a soap/cleaner of truly
remarkable qualities. The original chemistry took
over eight years to develop by a team of advanced
degree chemists and biological scientists. Since
then, a number of major changes have been incorporated
into the basic proprietary formula, which has greatly
improved its capabilities. As new formulas are developed,
they are sent out to universities, government agencies,
scientists and agriculturalists for testing and confirmation.
We are currently working in association with over
25 scientific collaborators worldwide.
Can you describe your technology to us?
Nano Green's technology is predicated upon a colloidal
chemistry that is formulated using bio-based ingredients
in a proprietary process. The chemical reaction alters
the particular qualities of each chemical ingredient,
resulting in the formation of a new particle, termed
a colloidal micelle. This micelle is on the order
of 2-4 nm in size and has a uniform size distribution.
The colloidal chemistry is based more on hydrophobicity
than charged interactions. Thus we make use of the
attraction of hydrophobic poles to form micelles.
The hydrophilic poles form a tough outer surface.
Can you explain Nano Green and conceptually
how it works?
Nano Green is the result or transformation achieved
from a blending of a number of bio-based chemicals,
which must be mixed in a certain manner, order and
temperature. The result is a colloidal liquid, which
under electronic microscopy reveals that, in the
process of blending, the molecular constituents of
the soap apparently emerge as particles measuring
some 2-4 nanometers in size. These numbers confirm
that Nano Green is in the forefront of nano-scale
chemistry with a cleaner that far exceeds the cleaning
ability of any other product, or a soap that can
far outperform any pesticides, fungicides or bactericides
presently being offered by the world's largest chemical
companies for use in agriculture.
There are a number of Nano Green formulations that
we use, depending upon the ultimate result we wish
to obtain. It is extremely potent against soft bodied
insects, as well as hydrocarbons, yet is also effective
against many bacterial borne diseases.
Could you explain the process by which Nano
When a Nano Green micelle comes in contact with
a hydrocarbon molecule, the center of the micelle
bonds to a similar hydrophobic hydrocarbon. This
disrupts the attraction to the other hydrocarbon
molecules and/or to the surface. The action of a
single micelle is multiplied by billions of other
nano-scale micelles. The molecular emulsification
process penetrates highly viscous and sticky materials,
lifting them from the surface to which they are adhered.
Since Nano Green is presently emphasizing its potential
for use in agriculture, the following should help
you understand its mode of attack:
There are several means of action by which this
nanocide kills pests, such as small body insects,
bacteria, and fungus. It can dehydrate an insect
by destroying its protective waxy coating, which
is made of organic molecules and it can de-wax joints
in pests leading to paralysis. It can also interfere
with growth hormones involved in metamorphosis in
insects. Basically, it kills insect intruders by
suffocation, rather than by attacking the neurological
system as chemicals do, which makes it almost impossible
for the pest to develop a resistance, which again,
is happening more and more as the overuse of chemicals
in the spraying of our crops continues. We are still
investigating these and other modes of action.
Additionally, because of the elimination of pests
and stress from agricultural sites, plants tend to
grow faster, taller, and healthier. Fruits from farms
using Nano Green have reported an increase in per
unit size for example. Part of this is due to sodium
molecules, which are inherent in Nano Green, which
act as conveyors of nutrients directly into the plant
cells. To top it off, growers currently using Nano
Green are reporting cost savings of over 60% compared
with their normal conventional chemical usage.
Does Nano Green have any
adverse affects on humans or animals?
None whatsoever. Nano Green has shown absolutely
no adverse effect on humans or animals. It has a
zero OHSA hazard rating and in informal tests, it
has been shown to have no adverse affects whatsoever
to nose (inhalation), mouth (ingestion), ears, skin,
or eyes. Even if the person is subjected to a concentrated
overdose, there has been no noticeable adverse affect.
The US Army is currently testing it for battlefield
wound and burn treatment. It's also been extremely
effective in the treatment of bacterial and other
infections in animals.
How stable is Nano Green over time? Does
the product degrade over time?
Insofar as we have been able to determine, the micelles
remain stable. Because the turnover on the product
is so rapid, we have no long term tests that would
indicate otherwise. Based on how the product is made,
we do not foresee any problems with premature micelle
disintegration. Some early samples, dated ten years
ago, were recently opened and exposed to air and
showed no evidence of any disintegration or degradation.
What current applications does it have?
Can you give us an idea of market size for Nano
Green has a very wide applicability to a host of
markets worldwide. The following is just a brief
overview and does not take into account all its
potential applications, as more are being developed
daily. (a) Agriculture – crops and trees; (b) Food processing
(c) Crop or produce washing (d) Human health applications,
such as treatment for wound care, burns, infections,
skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema, etc.), head and
body lice, bacterial and fungal infections, etc.
(e) Industrial (cleaning of items during process
of manufacture) (f) Animal care, such as infections,
body wash, tick and insect killing, etc. (g) Marine – for
aquaculture (h) Jan/San – a huge marketplace for
cleaning of govt buildings, homes, prisons, schools,
hospitals, restaurants, manufacturing sites, commercial
buildings. The US Navy has selected it as “environmental
cleaner of choice” from among 300 entrants. (h) Bio-remediation
of toxic waste sites (h) Miscellaneous : car washing,
engine cleaning (US Marines motor pool), window washing,
veggie wash – and almost anything you can think of
that requires the removal of hydrocarbons or grease.
Market size is impossible to calculate. Every day,
new articles appear in newspapers from Africa, Asia,
and South America to Australia, Europe and the Near
East heralding government awareness of the effects
of chemical overuse. The green movement is steadily
gaining power from China to Chile. The numbers run
into the hundreds of billions. Using the U.S. as
an example, New Federal legislation (the Farm Security
Act of 2002), which became effective this February
and March, mandates that all government buildings
and facilities switch from conventional cleaners
to bio-based cleaners, wherever available. I couldn't
even begin to calculate what this could mean. Gov.
Pataki of New York, has just issued a similar decree.
And similar expressions of concern are being expressed
almost daily from all corners of the globe. To take
advantage of this requires establishing Master Distributorships
for each of the areas in which Nano Green has a market.
It's a formidable task that requires significant
funding. Until now, we have been courted by companies
in the larger market areas, such as India, China,
Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and the Philippines.
There are over one hundred other countries that we
have yet to contact. We have many of the contacts;
it's a question of raising the required finances.
Where do you see the company going in 1-2
it all depends upon funding. If adequate finances
are available, we will set up our own research
facility, which will expedite matters greatly.
We'll also hire experienced management/sales forces
in key countries to explore the global potential
for the various applications described above. Thus
far, the response has been highly gratifying. To
date, we have constructed a web site, which is
designed so that each Master Distributor can be
the focal point. This permits him to distribute
the site to all his customers for purposes of gaining
credibility. To date, only the Chinese site is
in process of being translated, but we expect all
such sites to be in the native language, wherever
English is not the acceptable language for communication.
In addition, we already have prepared a large number
of videos, which have been transferred onto CDs,
interviewing experts in the field, illustrating
the problems we are addressing and showing how
the product is applied. We intend to shoot a video
news release, and greatly expand our output of
literature. Remember, each country requires all
materials to be issued in their language. It's
a formidable task. To date, they are all in English,
which fortunately is the world's lingua franca.
We will back up our marketing efforts by greatly
expanding the amount of university testing, both
in the US and abroad. We will apply for approvals
or certifications from governmental regulatory agencies,
wherever needed. And most importantly, we plan to
bring on board more scientific experts in the field,
who will also assist us in our sales efforts. This
is currently underway in India with excellent results.
Our ultimate goal is to become the paramount “green” product
nationally and internationally.
Any plans to go public?
That is difficult to determine. People have proposed
we go public now through a reverse merger. If we
can obtain $2 million through this approach, to greatly
accelerate our sales, we would seriously consider
it. Another approach is to accept a venture capital
partner. Either way, I believe that in the not too
distant future we will be targeted for acquisition
by a major public company. We simply have too large
a jump right now to be left to our own devices. It
would not take much for us to become a serious threat
to a number of chemical companies. With adequate
funding, our rate of growth could be extremely rapid,
putting us in an enviable bargaining position.
Where can interested parties find your products?
If you go to the web
site (www.nanogreensciences.com) , you will
be able to see a listing of the company's products.
These include, among others, All-Purpose Cleaner,
Floor and Rug Cleaner, Glass Cleaner. Automobile
Wash, Vegetable Wash, Laundry Soap, Pet Care, H-D
Dirt Removal & Pre-Spotting, Cleaner-Degreaser.
We also have the head lice treatment, as well as
the general agricultural products.
How do you feel about Nanotechnology as
Exciting. Very exciting. Nanotechnology is being
heralded by everyone as the greatest leap forward
in scientific knowledge in recent memory. It's spoken
in terms of promise that far surpasses the influence
and effect of computers, the internet, or any other
recent Wall Street favorite. As with anything this
dramatic and powerful, it will be spearheaded by
the large multi-national corporations and billions
in government funding. There's an old adage in finance
that it's worse to be early than late. Nano Green
first appeared a several years back, when nanotechnology
was just a whisper. Today, we find we're in the forefront,
but it's always difficult for a small, new company
to make a strong entry into a field dominated by
the huge heavily financed multi-nationals. We believe
Nano Green has an excellent chance of breaking this
barrier. It will require funding, an increase in
personnel and a continued dedication to hard work,
but our technology has a quantum jump on the marketplace
and its acceptance is growing every day.
For more information on Nano Green,
please contact Alvin