Va., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- An efficient "superfilter"
able to extract bacteria, cysts, turbidity and even
viruses from water was among four innovative space-based
technologies inducted into the Space Technology Hall
of Fame last week in Colorado Springs.
The NanoCeram(R) Superfilter, developed by Argonide
Corporation of Sanford, Florida, uses nanofibers originally
developed at the Design Technology Center (DTC) in
DTC, previously known as the Republican Engineering
Center, developed prototype materials for the Soviet
nuclear weapons arsenal. During the 1970's DTC perfected
a process for manufacturing nanotechnology materials.
Argonide founder Fred Tepper recognized the commercial
potential of these unique nano fibers and powders.
In 1994, Tepper helped to launch the U.S. Industry
Coalition (USIC), a non-profit association of U.S.
companies interested in technology commercialization
with former Soviet weapons scientists and engineers.
USIC members' partnerships are supported by Initiatives
for Proliferation Prevention (IPP), a nonproliferation
program sponsored by the National Nuclear Security
Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. IPP
assists former Soviet weapons of mass destruction
scientists and engineers to transition to long-term,
sustainable employment in peaceful, civilian technologies.
In 1997, Argonide and DTC launched their first IPP
project, together with DOE's National Renewable Energy
Laboratory. After observing the bio-activity of the
nanofibers, Argonide won two NASA-sponsored SBIR grants
in 2001 and 2002 to develop advanced water recovery
systems for long duration space flights.
The NanoCeram(R) filters were found to provide unsurpassed
filtration efficiency. Comprised of nanometer size
particles, these filters far exceed current filtration
systems and can handle the most difficult treatment
requirements for industrial, residential and recreational
Today, Argonide markets the filters for multiple applications,
including: laboratory separations; residential drinking
water; purifying water from biological agents; concentrator/collectors
for detecting biological agents; and providing purified
water for industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical
The technology was inducted into the 2005 Space Technology
Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at the 21st
Space Symposium, an event widely regarded as the premier
gathering of the space industry, with more than 6,500
attendees this year.
Founded in 1988 by the Space Foundation, in cooperation
with NASA, the Space Technology Hall of Fame honors
the innovators who have transformed space technology
into commercial products, to increase public awareness
of the benefits of space technology, and to encourage
Space Foundation President and CEO Elliot G. Pulham
said, "The 2005 Hall of Fame inductees represent
space technologies that save lives and improve the
quality of life for thousands of people every day.
They are great examples of why what we do in space
matters on Earth."
Three other space-related technologies inducted into
the Hall of Fame include the InnerVue(TM) Diagnostic
Scope System; Outlast(R) Smart Fabric Technology(TM);
and Portable Hyperspectral Imaging Systems.
About Argonide Corporation
Founded in 1994 by Frederick Tepper, the Argonide
mission is to develop and market new products based
on nanotechnology. Argonide's international business
perspective has led to collaborative work in Italy,
Japan, Singapore and in particular with Russian institutes
active in nanotechnology. The company is based in
Sanford, Florida. For more information visit http://www.argonide.com/.
About the U.S. Industry Coalition (USIC)
USIC is a non-profit association of U.S. businesses
actively engaged in our nation's nonproliferation
and national security efforts through the Initiatives
for Proliferation Prevention (IPP) program at the
U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security
Administration. IPP engages former Soviet weapons
of mass destruction scientists and engineers in peaceful
and sustainable commercial pursuits. For more information
about USIC and IPP, visit http://www.usic.net/.
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs,
Colo., the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit
organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial,
and national security space endeavors and educational
excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington,
D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information
Source: United States Industry Coalition, Inc.
CONTACT: Joan Furlong, Communications
Manager of United States Industry
Coalition, +1-703-526-9447, ext. 305, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.usic.net/