C-Voltaics will manufacture the coatings, designed to protect fabric, wood, glass and a variety of other products from water, stains, dust and other environmental hazards.
“After you wash your jeans, the color starts to fade. It means you can keep your jeans looking better, longer,” Seamus “Shay” Curran, director of UH’s Institute for NanoEnergy, said. “Or you might have a very nice white blouse, but the minute you get ketchup or wine on it, you know you’re going to have to throw it out. You’re not going to have to throw things away because of fading or stains.”
The coatings, technically known as self-cleaning hydrophobic nano-coatings, are designed to repel the elements. Curran said they will be competitively priced.
“If you want to have a successful business, it’s got to be better and cheaper,” he said. “Consumers aren’t going to pay for it if it’s not.” UH is a shareholder in C-Voltaics, which Chief Energy Officer Ramanan Krishnamoorti said is the first nanotechnology company to be spun off from the University.