Startup SiO2 Nanotech has launched beta testing commercial applications of its anti-fogging technology which can be used on a variety of different surfaces, including glass and plastics. Its anti-fogging technology VitreOx, controls the fogging that occurs on surfaces as a result of condensation.
The fog-control technology has drawn interest as it manipulates moisture on surfaces to maintain a clear field of vision. The technology controls behavior of water droplets by forming a 2-D layer on a surface, resulting in a clear field of vision. Tests have shown the treatment lasts not just hours or days but for the life of the product on select surfaces.
Initially SiO2 Nanotech will produce prototypes of vision-protection products for several major corporations, including sporting goods manufacturers. Currently commercialization development for SiO2 Nanotech includes the areas of vision protection for athletes in sports such as football, scuba diving, skiing and snowboarding as well as the eyewear and automotive sectors.
The new technology, which was developed from patented research conducted in the lab of Nicole Herbots, professor emerita in the ASU Department of Physics, can be used on a variety of different surfaces, including glass and plastics.
SiO2 Nanotech is part of the first cohort of the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, an innovative startup accelerator designed to form, incubate and launch new companies created from intellectual property and patents developed at universities and research institutions.
Initial tests of VitreOx™ have shown its anti-fogging properties to last not just hours or days but for the life of a product with the right surface. “Our focus right now is to finalize a number of beta products for our corporate clients,” says CEO and co-founder Clarizza Watson.