Archived — Government of Canada Invests in Green Nanotechnology

Toronto, Ontario, April 28, 2010—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced repayable investments of nearly $1.1 million in two research and development (R&D) projects being undertaken by Integran Technologies Inc. These investments are being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI).

"This funding will allow Integran to offer viable and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the production of metals for the aerospace industry," said Minister Clement. "These projects are excellent examples of the wide-reaching benefits of R&D."

Integran will use nanotechnology to develop two kinds of metal-coating processes without the toxic materials commonly used today. The first project will explore ways to replace toxic cadmium coatings with non-toxic materials. The second will use a safer alternative to hard chrome for coating high-strength steel fasteners.

"This support will enable us to continue making more business investments in R&D to make further advances in this field," said Gino Palumbo, President of Integran.

SADI supports strategic industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502


Backgrounder

Government of Canada Invests in Green Nanotechnology

The Government of Canada will make repayable investments of nearly $1.1 million in two research and development (R&D) projects by Integran Technologies Inc. to develop new, environmentally benign, metal-coating processes based on nanotechnology.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Integran is a privately owned metallurgical applications engineering company and is a leader in the development and commercialization of advanced nanotechnologies. Nanotechnology is a science that manipulates the size and assembly of molecules and atoms to make novel devices and materials 100 nanometres or smaller.

Integran's cadmium replacement project will receive a repayable investment of $276 284 to use nanoscale zinc-based coating as a safe, effective alternative to the use of cadmium in the electroplating process for aerospace applications.

The chrome replacement project will receive a repayable investment of $807 399 to use nanophase cobalt phosphorous as a safer alternative to hard chrome for coating high-strength steel fasteners.

Integran collaborates with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto for the analysis of nanostructured materials and nanometal coating.

The Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), launched in April 2007, supports private sector industrial research and pre-competitive development in Canada's aerospace, defence, security and space industries through repayable investments.

SADI benefits include the leveraging of private sector investment in R&D, the attraction of foreign investment to Canada, help to advance technology transfer and innovation, and the development of a highly skilled workforce. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For more information about SADI, please visit the Industrial Technologies Office website.

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