Ecology Coatings Wins NanoTech Briefs Nano 50 Award

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Clean, Efficient LiquidN Industrial Coatings Honored for Innovation and Market Promise

Ecology Coatings Inc., a leading developer of nano-engineered ultraviolet curable coatings, has been recognized as a Nano 50™ Award winner by Nanotech Briefs, a leading nanotechnology magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs. Judged by a panel of nanotechnology and MEMS experts, the Nano 50 Awards recognize the top 50 technologies, products, and innovators that have significantly impacted, or are expected to impact, the state of the art in nanotechnology. Nanotech Briefs honored Ecology Coatings’ LiquidNTM coatings as a leading product innovation with significant near-term market promise.

“The winners of the Nano 50 awards are the best of the best – the innovative people and technologies that will continue to move nanotechnology to key mainstream markets,” said Linda L. Bell, publisher of Nanotech Briefs.

A necessary final step for nearly every manufactured consumer product, conventional coating technologies are time and energy intensive and often contain polluting solvents. Ecology Coatings’ award-winning LiquidN products address that bottleneck by enabling dramatic process efficiencies for manufacturers without compromising environmental and public health. The ultraviolet (UV) curable, 100 percent solids coatings drive 99 percent reductions in time, reduce energy expenditures of up to 80 percent and do not release any air pollutants to the ambient environment. Requiring only a few seconds of UV exposure to form a durable high-performance barrier, Ecology Coatings’ products are currently being applied to metals, plastics, electronics, composites, paper and more.

“We’re honored to be included in this select group of innovators who share the goal of bringing transformational nanotechnology out of the lab and into the marketplace,” said Richard Stromback, CEO of Ecology Coatings. “Market success in a well-established sector like manufacturing requires a cost-effective technology that addresses a significant need in the existing system. In applications as diverse as your car and your MP3 player, our coatings offer manufacturers the economic and performance benefits needed to overcome the inertia of entrenched technologies. It’s that fundamental value proposition that is driving our own success today and paving the way for future growth.”

“In developing a viable environmentally-sound replacement to conventional industrial coating products, I knew that we needed to simultaneously achieve the performance characteristics manufacturers need to make real-world products: hardness, abrasion resistance, corrosion resistance, and ease of application all need to be at least as good if not better than those incumbent technologies,” said Sally Ramsey, chief chemist and founder of Ecology Coatings. “Enabled by the incorporation of nanoparticles into our UV-curable, solvent-free formulation, the LiquidN products achieve that critical combination.”

The Nano 50 awards will be presented to Ecology Coatings at a special reception and awards dinner during NASA Tech Briefs National Nano Engineering Conference at the Boston Marriott Newton, November 9-10, 2006. For the complete list of 2006 Nano 50 award winners, visit: http://www.nanotechbriefs.com/nano50_winners.html

About Ecology Coatings

Ecology Coatings is a world leader in the development of nano-engineered, ultra-violet curable coatings that drive efficiencies and clean processes in manufacturing. Using a platform of integrated nano-material technologies, the company creates proprietary coatings with unique performance attributes. Ecology collaborates with industry leaders to develop revolutionary high-value, high-performance coatings for military, automotive, industrial, electronic and medical applications. Ecology Coatings is a privately held company based in Akron, Ohio.

About Nanotech Briefs

Nanotech Briefs is a digital monthly magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs that highlights engineering breakthroughs in nanotechnology and MEMS.

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