The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) has achieved an innovation milestone with our 2,500th U.S. patent, entitled Silver Nanoparticle-Sulfonated Polyester Composite Powders and Methods of Making the Same.
The patent was invented by senior research scientists Valerie Farrugia and Barkev Keoshkerian. The process uses an environmentally-friendly approach to create silver-polymeric nanoparticles that can be built up for use in 3D printing. Most powders of this type are ground from a larger size, but through aggregation and coalescence, the particle’s size, shape and structure can be controlled more precisely.
Applications that can benefit from these composite powders include a wide range of antibacterial applications for customizable medical devices, textiles, smart coatings, kitchen tools, toys and countless household items.
This achievement marks a significant moment for the XRCC, and reinforces our global leadership in advanced materials research and development.
Push the boundaries of materials innovation
Established in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ontario, in 1974, the XRCC has Xerox’ global mandate for materials innovations. After 44 years, this laboratory continues to help push the boundaries of advanced materials science in Canada. Beyond the work to advance our own technologies and help our clients solve their business challenges, the XRCC actively helps Canadian start-ups commercialize their ideas.
To that end, the XRCC team established an Innovation Hub that enables startups to use their seed funding to develop technologies, rather than spending it on capital expenses. We offer our expertise and infrastructure to these external clients on a fee- for-service basis, and we have formed partnerships with like-minded organizations that have co-located at the XRCC to support Canada’s start-up community.