RTI International's NLITe™ Platform Cited as Top Technology by Future Materials Magazine

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. –  RTI International’s nanofiber lighting improvement technology, NLITe™, has been chosen as one of the top 100 technical textile innovations for 2012 by Future Materials magazine.

The Future Materials 100 is recognized as the definitive annual guide to the most groundbreaking innovations across the global technical textiles industry.

NLITe is an innovative technology platform for the lighting industry that enables substantial energy savings and produces aesthetically pleasing light. The technology can be applied to any lighting fixture, from traditional fluorescents to energy-saving LEDs.

"We are thrilled that NLITe continues to be recognized as an award winning technology," said Lynn Davis, Ph.D., director of RTI’s Nano-Enabled Devices Program. "Being included in Future Materials top 100 technical textile innovations is a significant accomplishment for our entire team and the innovative work that we are doing in emerging  technical textiles opportunities."

NLITe is based on polymer nanofibers, which are nanoscale materials whose properties can be manipulated to improve lighting performance. By controlling the composition and structure of these nanofibers and carefully producing a technical textile, it is possible to selectively alter the reflectivity performance and the light management properties of luminaires and lighting devices.

"This recognition provides additional validation that NLITe is a true step-change technology," said Galen Hatfield, vice president of the Commercial Programs Division, Engineering & Technology at RTI. "We are aggressively pursuing commercialization of NLITe and expect to seed the market in the next twelve months."