NaturalNano Appoints Sharell Mikesell, Ph.D. to Board of Directors

Brings Extensive Background in Polymer and Specialty Chemical Industries

Apr 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from NaturalNano Inc.

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NaturalNano Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   NNAN, FWB: N3N), a company whose primary business is
 discovering, refining, and marketing naturally occurring nanomaterials,
 announced today the appointment of Sharell Mikesell, Ph.D., to its Board of
 Directors increasing the current number of directors to six. Dr. Mikesell's
 term on the board begins immediately.
     Dr. Mikesell has 30 years of corporate leadership experience in global
 research & development and business operations. His background includes
 experience with polymer and material technologies in diverse positions with
 major companies including General Electric, Owens-Corning, and Advanced
 Elastomer Systems, L.P., an Exxon-Mobil subsidiary. Dr. Mikesell's
 responsibilities included the global technical leadership for product,
 process, and applications development as well as applied research and
 technical support to manufacturing and customers worldwide. In 2005, Dr.
 Mikesell was appointed Co-Director of the Center for Multifunctional
 Polymer Nanomaterials & Devices, Ohio's first state funded multi-university
 center in nanotechnology. He was previously named the first Executive
 Director of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council in March 2001 and continues
 to serve in that role.
     In welcoming Dr. Mikesell's appointment, Michael Riedlinger,
 NaturalNano president, stated, "Dr. Mikesell is an exceptional leader who
 is highly respected worldwide. His hard-earned business knowledge and
 technical know-how will firmly enhance NaturalNano's research direction and
 competitive position. We are pleased to have such a distinguished member of
 industry join us and look forward to leveraging his expertise and
 experience as we execute our growth plan."
     Dr. Mikesell stated, "I am pleased to have joined the NaturalNano Board
 of Directors. The Company's nanotechnology product offerings are very
 unique and provide new solutions for exciting applications of interest to
 industry as well as possibilities for new products and new growth markets."
     Dr. Mikesell has served on several corporate boards and advisory
 councils including:
     - Corporate representative to the Industrial Research Institute
     - Advancement Council for the College of Polymer Science and Engineering
       at the University of Akron
     - Research Advisory Council of NorTech
     - Advisory Board of the Ohio Business Development Coalition
     - Scientific Advisory Board of UTEK Corporation
     - Board of Asahi Fiberglass in Japan, as an advisor to the Center of
       Photochemistry at Bowling Green State University
     - Advisor to the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of West
     - Board of Trustees for the Ohio Polymer Enterprise Development, Inc.;
       PolymerOhio, Inc.; the Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation; and the
       Olivet Nazarene University Foundation
     A native of Ohio, Dr. Mikesell received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
 from Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois and a Master of Science
 from the Ohio State University, Columbus. Dr. Mikesell received a Ph.D.
 Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, Ohio.
     About NaturalNano, Inc.
     NaturalNano, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   NNAN; FWB: N3N) is a materials
 science company developing unique and proprietary processes for refining
 naturally occurring nanotubes and other nanomaterials that add competitive
 properties to a range of applications. These include additives to cosmetics
 and personal care products, and absorbent materials, as well as:
 electromagnetic interference shielding, specialty coatings, and material
 additives for industrial polymers, plastics and composites. NaturalNano
 possesses broad intellectual property rights and proprietary know-how for
 extraction and separation processes, compositions, and derivatives of
 halloysite and other nanotubes. For more information, please visit
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 market of NaturalNano's technology and products incorporating such
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 trends in future operating performance, as well as other factors expressed
 from time to time in NaturalNano's periodic filings with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). As a result, this press release should be
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 are incorporated herein by reference. The forward- looking statements
 contained herein are made only as of the date of this press release, and
 NaturalNano undertakes no obligation to publicly update such
 forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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