BURLINGTON, ON, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO) and
the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University 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's innovative 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 Nanotechnology and 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, Canada
focused 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
For more information visit the website at: www.uwaterloo.ca/institute-nanotechnology.
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