The University of South Australiaâ€™s commercialisation company ITEK Ventures Pty Ltd (ITEK) has entered into an exclusive licence agreement with Hyflux International Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Hyflux Ltd, to apply and eventually commercialise its unique coating technology in the global water treatment market.
The unique coating technology transforms a standard stainless steel or plastic mesh into a highly effective separator of fluids. For a liquid containing both oil and water components, a mixture which is typically found in many contaminated water treatment situations, the water passes easily through the mesh while preventing the progress of the oil component.
â€œThis technology can be used to separate oil and water at very low pressures,â€ says Professor Dayang Wang, a Professor at UniSAâ€™s Ian Wark Research Institute and one of the inventors of the technology.
â€œThe mesh filters are produced through an easily accessible coating process, which allows large-scale production.â€
Hyflux intends to further develop this coating technology, integrate it with their water treatment membrane manufacturing processes, and market the end products globally.
ITEK CEO Dr Stephen Rodda says the effectiveness of the technology has attracted the attention of several global water companies.
â€œIt is also another great example of UniSA research being targeted at finding solutions for industryâ€, Dr Rodda says.
ITEK is also seeking industry partners to apply the underlying technology to oil spill remediation, so it could ultimately be used in situations such as the 2010 BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.