During a special international edition of the COMS Young Technology Award, the judges awarded C-Voltaics with 5,000 euros. C-Voltaics was one of six international nanotechnology companies battling for the award at COMS 2013, an annual international conference on commercializing micro- and nanotechnology. COMS focuses primarily on entrepreneurship and marketable solutions, not just science and technology. It is a hands-on, practical meeting to assist companies in bringing products to market and in finding new customers or the perfect development partner.
C-Voltaics is a nanomanufacturing technology company dedicated to using nanotechnology to provide smarter and more efficient protection to products. It manufactures nano-materials for macro-scale coating applications. The underlying technology was developed from federal, state and private funds and is exclusively licensed to C-Voltaics by UH.
Company CEO Shay Curran, director of the Institute for NanoEnergy and associate professor of physics at University of Houston, accepted the award. C-Voltaics produces the SCHN range of nano-coatings, the “invisible protector” for glass, fabrics, plastics and metals against the damage caused by water, moisture and salt water. It can serve as a self-cleaning coating when used on glass in buildings, solar panels and cars. The SCHN coatings can also be used as a waterproof protector for wood, masonry and tarpaulins.
The selection of C-Voltaics as the winner was based on the venture capital point of view: which company would have the highest return on investment in the shortest period of time. The judges were also impressed by the proven customer demand—several people in the audience wanted to buy the patented product on the spot.