At Technodes, the company's newly opened R&D facility in Guerville, researcher Christian Vernet is tackling MDFC, which stands for "macro defect-free cement," a cement polymer composite that resembles a ceramic as much as a cement.
MDFC reduces the defects in cement--thus strengthening it--by reducing the porosity to less than 10% water.
In the laboratory, this yields a ceramic-like product whose elasticity is like that certain metal alloys--so elastic, in fact, that you can make cement springs from MDFC.
The Japanese are using MDFC to make decorative wall tiles.
He could buy the chain for $16 million, and if he put up $4 million of his own, he would be loaned the other $12 million by MDFC
Loan Corp., a lender that had previously loaned him $8 million.