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Nanotech Coating Deal Signed

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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A University of Houston spinoff company reports it has signed a distribution deal for its protective coating technology made for wood, masonry and concrete.

Integricote’s sealers and stains will be distributed by Binford Supply, a Dallas-based construction supply firm, under the name “CaraPro,” according to an announcement from the university.

The product relies on nanotechnology first developed in 2013 by UH physics professor Seamus “Shay” Curran.

In a statement, Curran said that the start-up, originally named C-Voltaics, has had a shift in focus since its beginnings as a coating for solar panels and other surfaces. Curran says the Integricote board of directors decided to change the name and application focus for the company last year.

Rare Reality

Throughout the process, Curran said he had learned a lot about start-up companies and why successful nanotech launches are relatively rare.

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, interim vice president/vice chancellor for research and technology transfer at UH, added that developing a good product is just the first step.

“Having a cool product is necessary, but it’s not sufficient,” Krishnamoorti said in the statement. “There are a lot of very, very good ideas out there. What it takes to make it to market is whether you have the right business plan. Timing is critical.”

Curran said the company’s production capacity is about 5,000 gallons per week.

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Tagged categories: Coatings Technology; Coatings Technology; Concrete coatings and treatments; Masonry coatings; North America; Research and development; Wood coatings

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