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EcoSynthetix and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Partner to Investigate New Applications for Bio-based Materials
March 13, 2013
BURLINGTON, ON, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ – EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO) and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at theUniversity of Waterloo have joined forces through an industrial partnership to collaborate on new applications for EcoSynthetix'EcoSphere® technology. The five-year agreement will be jointly funded through an EcoSynthetix and NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council) Collaborative Research and Development Grant. The project matches the scientific expertise from the University of Waterloo in macromolecular science with the sustainability benefits of EcoSphere® bio-based nanoparticles which are based on green chemistry. The goal of the project is to broaden the scientific knowledge base of the EcoSphere® technology to support its introduction into new application areas.
"As a global centre of excellence for nanotechnology research, this project represents a great opportunity for our institute, faculty and students at the University, to collaborate with a local innovator to further our understanding of the technology and its potential applications," said Dr. Arthur J. Carty, Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology ("WIN") and an independent director of the board of EcoSynthetix. "Nanotechnology is a leading-edge, enabling technology that holds the promise of a lasting economic benefit for jobs and investment in the materials, energy and healthcare sectors. EcoSynthetix'sinnovative nanotechnology has the potential to impact a wide-array of markets that would benefit from a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based products."
"This ECO-WIN collaboration involves four professors and eight graduate students at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnologyand is a great example of how industry and universities can work together to advance an exciting new area of science to benefit the community," said Dr. Steven Bloembergen, Executive Vice President, Technology of EcoSynthetix. "Our EcoSphere®technology is already commercial and providing sustainable benefits in three separate markets today. Our team's primary focus at this stage is near-term product development and product enhancements of carbohydrate-based biopolymers. By working with the Institute of Nanotechnology to deepen our understanding of the basic science, we can identify new future applications that could benefit from our sustainable biobased materials."
The EcoSphere® technology is being commercially utilized as biobased latex products providing alternatives to petroleum-based binders in the coated paper and paperboard market. The goal of this project is to generate a greater understanding of the properties of EcoSphere® biolatex® binders by establishing a knowledge base that could enable tailor-made novel particles with the desired properties for a given application. The project team will be chemically modifying the nanoparticles and then characterizing how the properties of the novel particles are affected by these changes.
About EcoSynthetix Inc. (www.ecosynthetix.com)
EcoSynthetix Inc. is a renewable chemicals company specializing in biobased products that can be used as inputs in industrial manufacturing for a wide range of consumer products. The Company's products offer a reduced carbon footprint and are marketed primarily on the basis of lower cost, stable pricing and equal or superior performance. EcoSynthetix' lead products,EcoSphere® biolatex® binders, are used commercially by a number of the global top 20 manufacturers in the coated paper and paperboard industry.
About the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canadafocused on science and engineering at the atomic scale, which entails the design, fabrication, and exploitation of materials and structures where dimensions are measured in billionths of a meter (10-9m).
The extraordinary range of possibilities offered by nanotechnology is based on the fact that the properties of materials change – sometimes radically – when their size approaches that of a few tens or hundreds of atoms. By taking advantage of the unique phenomena which predominate at the atomic-scale, the institute's scientists and engineers are discovering and developing nano-materials, nano-electronics, nano-instrumentation and nano-biosystems that will fundamentally change the world.
For more information visit the website at: www.uwaterloo.ca/institute-nanotechnology.
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