Furnace accelerator startup develops anti-fogging technology


May 6, 2013

Early-stage nanotech company SiO2 Nanotech has begun beta testing commercial applications of its anti-fogging technology for corporate partners. 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. The Arizona-based startup’s objective is to integrate its patented nanotechnologies into specific manufacturing or fabrication lines. After one hour and 19 minutes, there is no fog on the area of the visor where Vi Download Full Image

One of the company’s nanotechnologies, a proprietary anti-fogging technology called VitreOx, controls the fogging that occurs on surfaces as a result of condensation. Although the technology was originally developed to eliminate fogging on intraocular lenses during eye surgery, the company is now developing beta products that integrate the technology for a number of corporate partners in a variety of industries.

“Our focus right now is to finalize a number of beta products for our corporate clients,” said CEO and co-founder Clarizza Watson. “We are very excited about our products and are looking forward to commercialization.”

The fog-control technology has drawn interest from corporate clients because of the patented method for manipulating moisture on surfaces to maintain a clear field of vision. The technology controls the behavior of water droplets by forming a 2-D layer on a surface, resulting in a clear field of vision. Initial tests have shown the treatment lasts not just hours or days but for the life of the product on select surfaces.

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. This application of VitreOx, called VitreSport, will be the initial focus of commercialization until FDA approval is achieved for the medical application. Other potential market verticals include vision safety gear for occupations such as construction and laboratory work.

Prototype development is currently taking place at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, a community-based business incubator located at GateWay Community College in Phoenix. Initially SiO2 Nanotech will produce prototypes of vision-protection products for several major corporations, including sporting goods manufacturers.

SiO2 Nanotech is one of 10 startups in the first cohort of the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator’s Arizona Furnace accelerator, which provides seed funding, office space and access to top industry mentors in order to commercialize discoveries made in Arizona laboratories. Arizona Furnace is a statewide public-private partnership among the Arizona Commerce Authority, BioAccel, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona Technology Enterprises and Dignity Health Arizona.

SiO2 Nanotech and the other Arizona Furnace companies will debut their products at the first-ever Arizona Furnace Demo Day June 5 at ASU SkySong.

The Department of Physics is an academic unit in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Critically-acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet returns to ASU residency for 2013-14


May 6, 2013

Fresh on the heels of an extremely successful 2012-2013 residency with the Juilliard String Quartet, the ASU School of Music announces the return of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the original quartet to participate in the residency, for 2013-14.

“Without the St. Lawrence String Quartet, we might not have this incredible program today, which is now entering its ninth year,” says ASU faculty Jonathan Swartz, founder and artistic director of the residency. “Their artistic creativity and energy won over the hearts and minds of everyone at ASU and in the community. They helped define what a residency at ASU could be, and we owe a great deal of credit for the overall success of our program to them.” St. Lawrence String Quartet Download Full Image

Lauded as “provocative and brilliant” and “one of the great quartets of our lifetime” by the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s talents are recognized world-wide. They have built a reputation for giving some of the most engaging and electrifying performances.  Their vast repertoire celebrates the masterworks of Haydn and Beethoven, highlights lesser-known works by composers like Martinu, Korngold, and Verdi, and introduces audiences to music of our time.

As Visiting Quartet in Residence, the Grammy-nominated ensemble works with students on themed projects and presents three concerts throughout the year at ASU’s Katzin Concert Hall: Oct. 23, 2013; Jan. 30, 2014; and March 28, 2014.

A subscription for all three concerts is available in a limited release from now until Aug. 1, 2013, for only $55. Single concert tickets are available beginning in August 2013 at $23 for adults, so the subscription represents more than a 20-percent savings. The student ticket rate is announced in August. Visit music.asu.edu/events/stlawrence or contact the box office 480.965.6447 for further information.

Sarah J. Hough

Director of Communications and Strategy, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

480-965-2914