Lunch & Learn with TLA: Controlling Dust in a Dry World
A Discussion with College of Engineering Professor and Entrepreneur Minkyu Kim about UA startup Clean Earth Tech
People living in dry climates worldwide experience the problems wrought by dry air and blowing dust, affecting everything from respiratory health to cars and other machinery. To control such dust, the general practice is to spray the ground with water or toxic paint-like chemicals. While this method does keep dust levels down, mining, coal and construction sites require constant reapplication, especially in arid climates like Arizona.
To address the problem, researchers at the UA College of Engineering have developed an environmentally safe, non-toxic, biocompatible (human-grade) polymer blend that, when added to water used for dust control, keeps the ground damp for more than two months, even when exposed to the open desert air. Through Tech Launch Arizona, the UA office that commercializes inventions stemming from research, the university provided funding to advance the invention, protected the intellectual property, and licensed it to startup Clean Earth Tech to bring it to the marketplace.
Join us for lunch and a discussion with the Assistant Professor Minkyu Kim, co-inventor and entrepreneur. Hear his story and learn what it takes to take ideas from the lab to the world for maximum impact.
Bob Sleeper, TLA Sr. Licensing Manager for the College of Engineering, will moderate our discussion.
Who should attend?
While this talk will be geared toward faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff, all are welcome.
Register early to reserve your seat and have lunch provided for you.
Please help us control waste and register ONLY if you intend to come.