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CHROMiX, Inc.
Seattle

http://www.chromix.com

About CHROMiX
CHROMiX, Inc. was founded in 1998 to provide technical services and products to businesses in content-production industries. We dedicate our efforts to color management and image fidelity, and combine an excellent suite of tools, including our own popular ColorThink products, with years of industry experience. With customers, dealers and partners in over 83 countries, CHROMiX is uniquely qualified to serve the imaging industries. More information is available at www.chromix.com.

RTD Award: Phase I

Project Title: "Estimation for Color Management"

Research Partner: Maya R. Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Project Began: 2008

CHROMiX, a Seattle-based provider of color management software, is collaborating with the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering to improve an online color management profiling service for high-end imaging customers.

UW will receive $19,999 in Phase I Research and Technology Development funding from Washington Technology Center and $4,000 from CHROMiX for the project titled "Estimation for Color Management."

As the worldwide volume of printed material has steadily increased, customer expectations of image quality have also been rising. One major component of image quality is correct color reproduction. However, color management software is costly and often out of reach of quality-conscious consumers.

In this Phase I project, UW Assistant Professor Maya R. Gupta plans to transfer algorithmic technologies developed by her research group to CHROMiX to help the company augment their Web-based color management profiling service. The UW technologies have been shown to deliver 50 percent fewer errors over the best commercially available personal computer-based software solutions. The commercialized technology could enable CHROMiX to provide less expensive, yet more accurate, color profiling to thousands of customers worldwide.

"We are very excited to have been awarded a WTC grant, and to be working closely with the UW's exceptional Electrical Engineering Department. We have been conducting parallel research projects for quite some time, and look forward to seeing what happens when we put our heads together."

CHROMiX President Steve Upton

"This is a great opportunity to apply state-of-the-art estimation algorithms to the very practical problem of producing consistent color across devices."

UW Assistant Professor Maya Gupta

"This is great news, another illustration of Washington investing in R&D; to create new technologies, new products, new markets, and new jobs."

State Rep. Jim McIntire (D-Seattle)

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EnerG2, LLC (formerly Lygan Tech.)

Seattle

http://www.energ2.com

EnerG2 in the WTC news forum

RTD Award: Phase III

Research Partner: Guozhong Cao, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Project Phase Began: 2006

With today's rising gas prices, alternative fuel vehicles such as gas-electric hybrids and biodiesel are more in demand than ever. However, better energy storage technology is needed to bridge the gap between generation of power and consumption of power in these vehicles. Battery power has limited capacity; hydrogen power is still in its adolescence. High performance or "super" capacitors hold immediate promise as a solution. EnerG2 is a Seattle-based technology company dedicated to developing environmentally-conscious energy products. In 2004, EnerG2 partnered with Dr. Guozhong Cao, Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington, to evaluate the properties and performance of the company's carbon-based material for a wide range of industrial, environmental, military and medical applications. The team received $240,000 in grant funding from WTC to conduct this research. In this third phase of R&D;, Dr. Cao and EnerG2 are working to further optimize the company's technology for super capacitors and develop a commercially-scalable manufacturing plan for introducing the product to market.

Research Partner: Dr. Guozhong Cao, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington

Founded in 2003, EnerG2 is focused on developing and applying advanced technologies in the global energy sector. The company has teamed with Dr. Guozhong Cao to develop a nanotechnology-based industrial gas storage solution. While methane, nitrogen and other specialty gases have long been used in a wide variety of industrial applications, media for their storage have not been improved for decades. EnerG2's carbon-based nanostructures offer safe, efficient storage at an affordable cost, with the goal of reducing the industry's current dependence on high pressures, low temperatures and inflexible canister form factors to store industrial gasses. Initial research conducted by EnerG2 and UW's Materials Science department demonstrated that these specially-designed carbon cryogels are effective as high-efficiency, high-density gas storage media. This follow on grant funding will be used to focus on the remaining challenges to be overcome in order to commercialize this technology. The most promising potential markets for this technology are compressed natural gas (CNG) and industrial gas storage. Eventually, the company hopes to use this technology to provide a solution for hydrogen storage for fuel cell powered vehicles.

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Harmonics, Inc.

Seattle

Researcher: Dr. Thomas Stoebe, UW Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

Year project began: 2004

Ceramic coatings are potentially superior to conventional thick film and wire heating elements for many applications. These materials could fill a demand for compact, high-watt density, high-temperature resistive heating elements.

Harmonics, Inc. develops and commercializes innovative materials for energy conversion applications and pollution control. The company has invented, and partially developed, a proprietary electroconductive (EC) ceramic material that will be used, among other process applications, for heating elements. A key feature of Harmonics' materials is its proprietary processing capability centered on the casting of ceramic tapes ("tapecasting") and the engineering of multilayered composite ceramic structures.

This project pairs Harmonics' staff with Professor Stoebe to develop a screenprinting process for depositing EC material onto ceramic substrates that, after firing, will be suitable for use as high-temperature heating elements. These heating elements promise to deliver more heat per unit area, heat up more rapidly, and last longer than conventional metallic or thick film heating elements. Part of the research will be conducted in WTC's Microfabrication Lab.

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