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Posted: Jul 24, 2013
Integran Awarded Patent Protection for the Preparation of Super-hydrophobic and Self-cleaning Surfaces
(Nanowerk News) Toronto-based Integran Technologies Inc. (Integran) today announced US 8,486,319 issued July 16, 2013 describing new applications for its nanoplating technology (Nanovate™ NP) for imprinting polymer surfaces to render them super-hydrophobic and/or self-cleaning.
Integran's President & CEO Gino Palumbo stated, "We are pleased that our co-developments with the University of Toronto relating to extremely water-repellent surfaces have been recognized by the United States Patent Office. Our new technology can be used to form durable metal dies for imprinting a variety of polymer surfaces to achieve superior water repellent properties without the need to apply a release agent. The new technology can be applied in a number of convenient ways including in high volume production processes such as injection molding by applying a Nanovate™ coating to the molds, processing the coating to form the desired surface features and forming polymer parts with super-hydrophobic surfaces. Alternatively formed polymer parts can be embossed with the Nanovate™ dies to induce water repellency."
Professor Uwe Erb of the University of Toronto said: "This is an excellent example of effective university-industry collaboration where the basic research conducted at the University of Toronto on naturally occurring structures formed the basis of a new practical polymer manufacturing technology. Targeted basic research funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE) really generates outstanding results for our manufacturing industries".
About Integran Technologies, Inc.
Integran, an AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 certified company, is a world leader in advanced metallurgical nano-technologies, providing a broad international base of customers with advanced process & product design solutions through R&D, material sales, contract manufacturing and technology licensing. Integran and its predecessor organizations have been at the forefront of metallurgical nano-technology development for over twenty years and has established an international reputation for excellence in materials technology development and commercialization. Integran owns the intellectual property rights for the cost-effective production of metallurgical nano-structures with over 300 patents and patent filings dealing with the structure, composition, processing and application of its revolutionary materials.