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FuzeHub Announces Winners of NYS Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge

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December 20, 2022

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$150,000 in grants awarded to projects in the Capital Region, Southern Tier, Western New York

The new initiative from FuzeHub and NYSTAR promotes environmental sustainability, boosts regional manufacturing, and drives innovation across the state

ALBANY, N.Y. FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center, today announced the winners of the first New York State Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge. Three projects with ties to Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, and Oneonta will each receive $50,000 from the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund to support cutting-edge developments in materials science while raising the bar for eco-friendly manufacturing.

FuzeHub and NYSTAR, Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation, received a number of applications for the funding initiative, which launched in September. They challenged New York’s innovators to consider the environmental impacts of their potential high-performance products, and submit projects that would lead to greater sustainability in the manufacturing industry.

From mixing better concrete, to reducing the environmental impact of lithiumion batteries, to removing harmful synthetic forever chemicals from water, the companies and researchers behind the winning projects are creating new materials and using old materials in new ways. They are:

  • KLAW Industries LLC (Binghamton) and the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. Historically in New York, recycled glass has been sent to landfills because of high contamination and the lack of an end-use market. KLAW has developed a process to use the waste glass as a raw material to create Pantheon™ an innovative material to make concrete stronger, lower cost, and less carbon-intensive.
  • Custom Electronics Inc. (Oneonta), working with the Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics and the Materials Design and Innovation Department at the University at Buffalo to scale their novel lithium-ion battery anode material. The new material is a sustainable hybrid that reduces both the environmental impact and the cost of the technology.
  • Regenerative Solutions Inc. (Albany) and the University at Albany have been developing green, environmentally sustainable, low-cost sorbents that remove PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), which are harmful synthetic forever chemicals, from water. Once these newly synthesized sorbents are tested and certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, the product can go to market for treating water at both small and large scales.

“Manufacturing in New York is cleaner and greener than ever before — but we can still do better as an industry,” said Elena Garuc, Executive Director of FuzeHub. “Through the use of advanced materials, we believe manufacturers can make products, leverage technologies, and use processes that strengthen sustainability. These winning projects are going to show us what’s possible.”

Advanced materials are new or substantially enhanced materials that have unique properties or provide improved performance relative to conventional materials, facilitating innovation that benefits the industry, consumers, and society. Across the state, advanced materials innovations involving ceramics, chemicals, glass, metals, plastics, and more are enabling high-performance products in sectors ranging from semiconductors and aerospace to medical equipment and consumer products.

The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund — which serves as the source of funding for this Innovation Challenge — supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State. Launched in December 2016, the fund is named for Jeff Lawrence, a champion of the New York manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities. Each year, the Innovation Fund provides more than $1 million in direct assistance to the manufacturing, research and development, technology, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. To date, the fund has awarded $7.3 million in funding to support collaborative projects throughout the state.

About FuzeHub

FuzeHub is a nonprofit organization that connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs, and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation, and business growth. Through its custom assessment, matching, and referral platform, FuzeHub helps companies navigate New York’s robust network of industry experts at Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, universities, economic development organizations, and other providers. FuzeHub is the statewide New York MEP Center, supported by NYSTAR (Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation). For more information on FuzeHub, visit www.fuzehub.com.

About NYSTAR

Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation – known as NYSTAR – advances technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. NYSTAR offers programs that assist companies from start-up through maturity, leveraging the state’s unparalleled investment in world-class technology assets and expertise. It provides roughly $55 million annually in funding to support over 70 centers that provide direct assistance to New York State companies – a network of vital assets for enabling technology- and manufacturing-led growth and job creation. NYSTAR and its partners are proud to contribute to New York’s leadership in the global innovation economy. For more information, visit esd.ny.gov/nystar.

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