News from CCUR's Industry Incubator Clients

August 30, 2018

Gross-Wen Technologies sees algae as the solution to wastewater treatment

From Silicon Prairie News 

The Midwest has some major water quality issues, and it’s spreading. Nitrogen and phosphorus used to fertilize farms runs off into rivers, resulting in a record “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in massive toxic algae blooms that feed on the chemicals. Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. wants to use algae to clear the nitrogen and phosphorus out of wastewater before it gets to the gulf. Read more.


Safi-Tech: Liquid-metal particles make heat-free soldering possible

From Clay & Milk 

Safi-Tech, Inc. has developed supercooled liquid metal particles that allow manufacturers to solder on flexible substrates without the use of heat. The liquid particles are about one-fiftieth the size of a human hair and are filled with liquid metal. When popped, the particles release the encapsulated liquid metal which quickly solidifies, creating a solder joint. This unique process allows soldering to take place at room temperature. Read more.


Safi-Tech is a finalist in the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

From ISU Startup Factory 

Twelve startups, including Safi-Tech, have been selected to present their business plan concepts to a panel of judges during the 13th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition being held August 30, 2018 at the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility in the ISU Research Park. In last year’s competition, Gross-Wen Technologies was awarded the $25,000 top prize. 


Sep-All receives a DOE Phase 1 SBIR grant

Sep-All has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for their project, Low-Heat Process for the Production of High-Value Micro- and Nano-Materials from Metallic Wastes. Sep-All is a materials manufacturing start-up company focused on providing a new supply stream of critical materials and nanomaterials from wastes.