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Posted: Jul 28, 2011
Ecology Coatings Nominated for the Michigan Green Chemistry Award Program
(Nanowerk News) Ecology Coatings, Inc., a leader in the discovery and development of nanotechnology-enabled, ultraviolet-curable advanced coatings, today announced that it has been nominated for the Michigan Green Chemistry Governor's Award Program for 2011. The Program was established by the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable to recognize innovations in green chemistry. Winners will be notified October 27, 2011.
Green chemistry is defined as a process or product that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances from chemical products and processes. Ecology Coatings was nominated, based on its GRAS (generally regarded as safe) coatings, which can be applied to food or used in food packaging. Ecology's GRAS coatings not only protect food from outside elements, but are safe for human consumption, as they use natural ingredients and do not contain plastics or other chemicals derived from fossil fuels.
As Ecology Coatings' technology is novel and unique, the company filed a WCT patent application for its GRAS coatings technology. In May 2011, the U.S. Patent Office agreed that the claims made by Ecology were indeed novel, non-obvious and have industrial utility, corroborating the unique nature of the technology. Ecology has filed for accelerated patent approval, which is expected in 2012.
Ecology's GRAS coatings are cured at a very rapid rate resulting in a coating with barrier properties to air, solvents, water or grease. Potential uses include coatings for food packaging, wrappings for meat, snack foods and pet food packaging. Since the coating will resist grease, food will be presented in a cleaner, more appealing and cost effective package.
UV curable inks and coatings are used on many types of food packaging, including cereal boxes. Photoinitiators from these coatings have been found as adulterants in food. The substitution of a GRAS photoinitiator will alleviate this problem.
Ecology Coatings CEO Bob Crockett commented, "Our development of and the public's demand for sustainable materials in the manufacture and packaging of consumer products can open the door to growth, jobs and a healthier environment." Crockett went on to mention a recent Pike Research study (see link below) projecting the green chemistry market will grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5 billion by 2020. The recent EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Award to Sherwin Williams is an example of that growth. For more information on the award please access the following link.
There are many applications that will benefit from Ecology's coatings. To discover if these environmentally friendly, UV-curable coatings can benefit your manufacturing application or improve a specific product, visit the company's website at www.ecologycoatings.com or send an email to [email protected]
About Ecology Coatings, Inc.
Ecology Coatings, Inc. is a leader in the development and licensing of cleantech ultraviolet (UV) curable coatings — coatings that improve the products we use daily. Ecology's technology platform allows manufacturers to enhance the durability and performance of their products, while significantly reducing energy costs and increasing manufacturing throughput. The company produces solvent-free coatings, which eliminate the escape of harmful solvents into the atmosphere during application. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Ecology Coatings has a development and prototype lab in Akron, Ohio. For additional information, visit the company's website at http://www.ecologycoatings.com.