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U Central Florida grad student launches company based on novel battery coating


By David Schwartz
Published: October 30th, 2013

A University of Central Florida (UCF) start-up is developing a novel eco-friendly coating for batteries that has helped earn the company over $100,000 in grant prizes. Mesdi Systems Inc. is based on the work of UCF grad student Brandon Lojewski, who discovered that by harnessing electricity he could coat a battery with zero waste and at the same time control the coating thickness, an ability no other method has. Overall Lojewski’s process reduces material waste by up to 50%.

Mesdi won $10,000 in the MegaWatt Ventures Competition in March 2011, then went on to earn $100,000 in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge. Now UCF, through its Office of Technology Transfer, has signed a licensing agreement with the start-up, the university’s first deal with a student-led company. This has helped both Mesdi and UCF gain significant visibility within the industry.

“In general, the agreement is an exclusive license that pays royalties to UCF based on the sales of the licensed product,” says Lojewski, who also hopes to collaborate on other application such as touch screen coatings.

According to UCF tech transfer director Svetlana Shtrom, “the path that Mesdi has followed is a great example for student entrepreneurs who are interested in developing ideas and launching companies to turn promising technologies into commercial products.”

Source: Central Florida Future

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