Awards & Activities

  • Winner of 2004 Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Award
  • Over $ 2.25 million R & D funding in the form of Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) awards (2002 – present)
  • Possible industrial collaboration with several large US manufacturing companies
  • Patented & Trademarked

Alumina Waste Recycling

Cercanam® Cycling

ceranam before cycling ceranam after cycling

1800°C Flame Temp

ceranam heat test

Summary of Cercanam® Properties

  • Ultra-high surface area attainable in a monolithic ceramic part (as high as 100 m2/g)
  • Retains its high surface area after exposure at temperatures as high as 1000°C
  • Chemically stable at temperatures as high as 1500°C in air, H2, CO2, and syngas
  • Excellent thermal cycling and thermal shock resistance (from 800°C to room temp)
  • Offers low cost, one step processing
  • Can achieve near net shapes for complex geometries using wet casting or dry powder pressing, with near zero shrinkage after low-temp firing (200°- 800°C)
  • Excellent for micro-features and micro-channel applications, and high tolerance fabrication
  • Excellent potential for low-temperature (< 150-200°C) curable ceramic coatings and monolithic parts>
  • Moisture resistant and stable in boiling salt water after firing to 800°C
  • For a detailed list of Cercanam® properties, click here.

Several large ceramic & refractory companies deal with large volumes of ceramic alumina waste every day. Often alumina waste is in green ceramic form (un-fired) and goes to landfill.

By using our proprietary formulation, we can turn alumina waste (green or fired) into a usable product of commercial value. The requirement is that the ceramic alumina waste should contain >50% by weight of Alumina. The process can also work with fired alumina provided it is already crushed down to a fine powder.

The process will look something like this (also see the process schematic below): We will take your company’s alumina waste, mill it to the appropriate size, add our proprietary formulation, and cast into the desired molds, dry, and then fire.

To eliminate the concern of purity, we will coat the outside surfaces of this product with a high-purity, high alumina (>98%) Cercanam® (also see the section on Coatings for Refractories). In essence, the core of the product will consist of different elemental species but the outside contact surface will be pure (>98%) alumina. See schematic below for a process desciption.

Interested companies are welcome to contact us. We would be interested in joint venture, partnerships, or licensing opportunities.

alumina waste conversion

Converting contaminated, unusable ceramic waste into usable, high purity alumina