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Integran awarded a US patent for self-cleaning surfaces

Nanovate NP technology makes polymer surfaces super-hydrophobic.


TORONTO — Integran Technologies Inc. has secured a US patent for its Nanovate NP nanoplating technology covering the imprinting of polymer surfaces to render them super-hydrophobic and/or self-cleaning.

The Toronto developer of advanced metallurgical nano-technologies co-developed the technology that creates extremely water-repellent surfaces with the University of Toronto.

The company says the new technology application forms durable metal dies for imprinting a variety of polymer surfaces to achieve “superior” water repellent properties without applying a release agent.

It can be used in high volume production processes such as injection moulding by applying the Nanovate coating to the moulds, processing the coating to form the desired surface features and forming polymer parts with super-hydrophobic surfaces, or formed polymer parts can be embossed with the Nanovate dies.

Basic research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE).