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Aculon Announces Launch of NanoProof® 8.0 Electronics Waterproofing Technology

SAN DIEGO, CA (1/4/2017)Aculon, Inc is pleased to announce the launch of their latest generation of PCB waterproofing technology, NanoProof 8.0. This new low cost thixotropic formulation is not just new and improved, but game changing.
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Aculon, Inc is pleased to announce the launch of their latest generation of PCB waterproofing technology, NanoProof 8.0. This new low cost thixotropic formulation is not just new and improved, but game changing. The electronics industry can now achieve the IPX-7 (30 minutes submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter) and beyond levels of waterproofing that is so desired by mobile device manufacturers.

With the launch of Aculon NanoProof® treatments in 2015, a new category of electronics waterproofing technology was created - hydrophobic coatings that are applied inline and deliver the benefits of conformal coatings, but with the added benefit of push through connectivity. NanoProof treatments also eliminated prior requirements for costly capital investment, masking, and bottlenecking batch processes.

While the initial NanoProof solutions could outperform the existing options by creating IPX 5-6 levels of performance, achieving the goal of IPX 7 proved challenging. The new NanoProof 8.0, a hydrophobic polyolefin solvent based treatment, achieves IPX-7, allows for push through connectivity, and can be applied using standard equipment produced by manufacturers e.g. PVA and Nordson Asymtek.

Click here for the video demonstrating the IPX-7 performance on a Samsung phone.

NanoProof 8.0 builds on the NanoProof series that has already been successfully implemented in numerous applications including: hearing aids, bluetooth devices, and household "smart" electronics, and is now in test with all the major mobile manufacturers. NanoProof 8.0 provides extreme levels of water protection with an easy-to-apply liquid treatment.

"The availability of NanoProof 8.0 treatment for waterproofing electronics represents a significant opportunity for the electronics industry,” said Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. “The ability to easily and inexpensively waterproof electronics with an easy to apply material is critical as manufacturers push the boundaries of electronics waterproofing demanding lower costs, easier processes, and significantly more robust waterproofing performance."

Learn more about NanoProof 8.0 and the other Aculon NanoProof products at http://www.aculon.com/nanoproofpcbrepellency.php.

Caplinq Europe BV Signs Definitive Agreement to Represent Aculon in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – May 1st, 2016 –CAPLINQ Europe BV announced today that it will become Aculon's European Order Fulfillment Agent and Market Partner to further promote its products to its customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, CAPLINQ will represent Aculon's line of NanoClear® and NanoProof® products among others.
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ACULON IS THE LEADING PROVIDER OF EASY-TO-APPLY NANOTECH SURFACE-MODIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES
Aculon, a leading thin film surface treatment company, creates and markets treatments for the electronics, oil & gas and Specialty markets. Aculon, based in San Diego, CA, USA has market leading stencil and PCB treatments. With more and more demand coming from Europe for this technology, Aculon recognized they needed to have a local presence to properly serve the European market.

"Our customers simply told us that they wanted us to have European technical representation and local technical support" says Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. "We are very excited about the cooperation with Chris Perabo, Ivo Verzijlbergen and the rest of the CAPLINQ team. We believe that with the support of CAPLINQ Europe, we can serve our existing customers, develop new ones and be more cost competitive in the European market."

ACULON NANOCLEAR, NANOPROOF AND REPELLENCY TREATMENTS
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NanoClear, Aculon has proven itself as an award-winning technology leader to the stencil industry. Aculon NanoClear® is the best-in-class stencil treatment technology that improves print quality, increases efficiency, lowers total costs and enhances printing with small apertures.

Aculon's award-winning NanoProof® Series offer customers a range of PCB waterproofing solutions from protecting against accidental water damage (NanoProof 1.0) to IPX7, immersion in water at one meter depth for 30 minutes (NanoProof 3.5,4.0), to greater barrier properties that can withstand 100 hours immersion in sweat solutions and some of the most stringent test methods developed for non-hermetic components (NanoProof 5.1).

Aculon has a range of repellency treatments which are superhydrophobic and oleophobic as well as metal-repellency materials for total protection to a specific environment. Aculon coatings can be as thin as 2-4 nanometers or upto several microns thick and can be applied on sensitive electronics and other components. Minimal capital equipment is needed and already applied by various OEMS.

ACULON AND CAPLINQ - A PERFECT FIT
The range of Aculon's high end specialty surface treatment materials combined with Caplinq Europe's team of engineering and technical professionals focused on specialty chemicals is a good foundation for future successes.

"From the first meetings with Edward and Mario (Gattuso), we were convinced that Aculon's products have a high potential in the European market," stated Chris Perabo, Managing Director of CAPLINQ. "Surface treatments on a nanoscale is the future, and Aculon's experience and expertise in this area are second to none. This partnership is sure to generate more and more commercial successes."

CONTACT:
Mario Gattuso, Senior Business Development Manager, Aculon: 858.350.9474, gattuso@aculon.com

Ivo Verzijlbergen, Commercial Account Manager: ivo.verzijlbergen@caplinq.com
Chris Perabo, General Manager, Caplinq: Chris.Perabo@caplinq.com

Aculon To Attend Productronica 2015

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/15/2015) Aculon, Inc. announced today that it will send representatives to the Productronica 2015 show in Munich, Germany.
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From November 10-13 2015, Aculon will showcase its innovative electronics repellency products at the Productronica 2015 show in Munich, Germany. With over 1,200 exhibitors, and nearly 40,000 visitors, Productronica is one of the largest electronics development trade fairs in the world.

Productronica visitors will enjoy closer looks at Aculon's newest electronics waterproofing line, NanoProof, which came to market summer 2015. Since its launch, NanoProof has been seen successful applications on a diverse group of electronics products.

Visitors will also be able to receive free samples of Aculon's electronic stencil treatment, NanoClear. Since its introduction, NanoClear has had tremendous results in stencil printing optimization for many of the world's largest electronics manufacturers.

Aculon Releases NanoProof™ Product Testing Solutions

SAN DIEGO, CA (11/10/2015) Aculon, Inc. announced the release of two exciting new ways to sample NanoProof™ products.
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The NanoProof™ Sample Kit will feature each of the NanoProof™ Products in smaller volumes to accomodate customers' PCB waterproofing testing needs. It is intended for customers who have the necessary facility to properly apply the coatings to their own boards for testing. The NanoProof™ Sample Kit will be available for $1000. It can be purchased through Aculon's online shopping cart.
Kit Contents:

  • 240ml NanoProof 1.0
  • 240ml NanoProof 3.5
  • 240ml NanoProof 4.0
  • 240ml NanoProof 5.0

The NanoProof™ Screening Service was released for customers that don't have appropriate facilities for correct application of the coatings. Customers can send printed circuit boards to Aculon for professional treatment of each of the NanoProof™ products. You may purchase this service through Aculon's online shopping cart ($2000), then send printed circuit boards to 11839 Sorrento Valley Rd. San Diego, CA 92121. This service will feature a 10-day turnaround time and up to 20 boards treated (5 of each product).

Aculon To Attend Productronica 2015

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/15/2015) Aculon, Inc. announced today that it will send representatives to the Productronica 2015 show in Munich, Germany.
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From November 10-13 2015, Aculon will showcase its innovative electronics repellency products at the Productronica 2015 show in Munich, Germany. With over 1,200 exhibitors, and nearly 40,000 visitors, Productronica is one of the largest electronics development trade fairs in the world.

Productronica visitors will enjoy closer looks at Aculon's newest electronics waterproofing line, NanoProof, which came to market summer 2015. Since its launch, NanoProof has been seen successful applications on a diverse group of electronics products.

Visitors will also be able to receive free samples of Aculon's electronic stencil treatment, NanoClear. Since its introduction, NanoClear has had tremendous results in stencil printing optimization for many of the world's largest electronics manufacturers.

Aculon Launches NanoProof Series for PCB Waterproofing

SAN DIEGO, CA (8/4/2015) Aculon, Inc. announces the launch of their NanoProof Series of PCB water & oil protection products. Aculon's proprietary surface modification technology treats a PCB to be repellent to water and/or oil while maintaining its full operating functionality.

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Until now water-resistance product offerings generally fall into two categories: conformal solution based hydro/oleophobic coatings that repel fluids but require some level of masking or "keep-out" areas, and vacuum-deposited coatings (which is a batch process and also require masking) such as parylene-based treatments. Aculon NanoProof™ surface treatments create a third category - no mask solution based hydro/oleophobic coatings that are done on an inline basis and deliver the benefits of conformal coatings yet eliminate the need for costly capital investment and avoiding the bottlenecking batch process of vacuum based manufacturing or masking operations.

Aculon's NanoProof™ Series offer customers a range of PCB waterproofing solutions from protecting against accidental water damage (NanoProof 1.0) to IPX7, immersion in water at one meter depth for 30 minutes (NanoProof™ 3.0,3.5,4.0), to greater barrier properties that can withstand 100 hours immersion in sweat solutions and some of the most stringent test methods developed for non-hermetic components (NanoProof™ 5.0).

The benefits of using Aculon NanoProof include improved device reliability, reduced returns from device failures, and lower system wide costs particularly when compared to the cost of a vacuum deposition processes. In addition the electrical connections are not impacted and the integrity of the signal strength, antenna and acoustic performance remain in tact.

Aculon NanoProof™ Series uses a mix of Aculon's Proprietary Transition Metal Complexate technology (TMC) and fluorinated acrylic polymers to achieve a series of products that are compatible with all of the common material types used in SMT parts. Aculon's NanoProof™ series are sprayable or dip based coatings that do not require a cure and have no impact on conductivity testing. NanoProof is safe for us in factory environments as it is non toxic. While some of the NanoProof™ series are so thin that they are invisible to naked eye, all of the Nanoproof™ series are available with UV tracer dye added to ensure detection at customer sites.

Aculon's NanoProof technology has already been adopted by a number of customers as they were able to demonstrate improved product performance while utilizing a flexible application process that can lower the total operating costs when compared to parylene based coatings. This series is designed so that that there is an ideal protection solution for PCB's in need of water protection!

"For several years Aculon has been a leading supplier of nanocoatings to the electronics industry. We are delighted to extend our product offering to include the NanoProof series of treatments that can protect customer's PCB from water damage and immersion. In the electronics business we have learned often one product does not fit all, hence we developed a series of product as different customers have different requirements" said Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. "We will work with our customers to ensure that they get the right product at the right price to meet their requirements."

For further information regarding distribution availability please contact Mario Gattuso directly at gattuso@aculon.com.

Aculon Launches "Loaded" Ecommerce Site

SAN DIEGO, CA (6/15/2015) Aculon announces the launch of their "loaded" ecommerce site to enable their customers to more easily acquire their products. The site will have a broad range of offering of Aculon's proprietary products available in small quantities. Enable potential customers to easily buy the treatments allowing for them to be able to test and qualify them into future commercial programs.
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The ecommerce site will initially include the following products:

  • Aculon NanoClear® - The awarding winning stencil treatment product line.
  • Aculon NanoProof™ Series - A series of treatments designed to protect PCB's from water and oil. The series includes products that provide protection against accidental water damage all the way to full barrier coatings that electrically conductive.
  • Aculon Metal Repellency Treatment - A treatment designed to render metal surfaces repellent to water and oil. This treatment will make any metal substrate hydrophobic and oleophobic. Aculon's Metal Repellency Treatment is abrasion resistant, easy to apply, optically clear, and ultra-thin. Application is very easy and most metals do not require a cure.
  • Aculon Sapphire Repellency Treatment - A treatment designed to make sapphire lenses used in the medical, oil and other instrumentation industries repellent to both oil & water. This treatment will make any sapphire substrate hydrophobic, oleophobic, and repellent to nearly any liquid! Aculon's Sapphire Repellency Treatment is abrasion resistant, easy to apply, optically clear, and ultra-thin. It can easily be applied via several application methods - wipe, dip, or spray.
  • Aculon Anti Fouling Repellency Treatment - A treatment designed help any metal substrate resist fouling from pollutants such as oil, paraffins, and other contaminants. Aculon's Anti Fouling Repellency Treatment is abrasion resistant, easy to apply, optically clear, and ultra-thin.
  • Aculon Precious Metal Repellency Treatment - A treatment designed to protect precious metal surfaces from water and oil. This treatment will make gold, silver, platinum, and palladium metals hydrophobic & oleophobic.
  • Aculon Multi Surface Repellency Treatments - The multi surface treatment series will offer a hydrophobic treatment and treatment which is both hydrophobic & oleophobics. These treatments can be applied to all materials but are typically utilized on plastics which can not be treated via other methods.
  • Aculon Glass Treatments - A treatment specifically formulated to make glass hydrophobic & oleophobic. This treatment is easy to apply.
  • Aculon Adhesion Promotion Series - A series of adhesion promotion treatment designed to boost the adhesion epoxies, acrylics, acrylates, some amine cured epoxies, thiol based coatings, polyurethanes and phenolic-epoxy based coatings to your substrates surface. These treatments are applied to your metal or oxide containing surface prior to application of the coating or adhesive needing added adhesion. These treatments can be spraye, wiped, or dipped.
  • The pricing on the site will be representative of small sample quantities only and not negotiated production pricing.

Aculon NanoClear Stencil Solution Wins 2014 Global Technology Award at SMTAI

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/9/2014) Aculon, Inc's innovative stencil nanocoating - NanoClear - has won yet another industry award. NanoClear received the 2014 Global Technology Award for the Stencil category at the recent SMTAI International.
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Earlier this year NanoClear was awarded the New Product Innovation for the Stencil category from Circuits Assembly at the APEX Show. The benefits of Nanoclear include reduced bridging and insufficients, reduction in print variation due to crisper more consistent prints and lower overall operating costs due to reduced under stencil wiping and use of consumables.

NanoClear is the global market leader for stencil nanocoating and is used by many of the leading stencil producer, OEMs and CEMs. NanoClear is sold and distributed by many leading companies including DEK. In addition the use of NanoClear is endorsed by major Paste suppliers such as Indium as it improves the quality of the paste printing and by cleaning companies, such as Kyzen, as it dramatically reduces the magnitude of the understencil cleaning challenges.

"When we launched NanoClear the original perception was that this technology was only for hard to print boards, however real world experience has shown that NanoClear can improve the performance of any stencil and as such we have enjoyed tremendous adoption by many leading companies. The fact the we won a Global Technology Award from SMTAI is just further validation that nanocoatings are here to stay and that it is becoming broadly accepted as a way to improve yields and lower cost" said Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon.

Aculon NanoClear products can be purchased directly from Aculon at www.aculon.com/stencils.php or from our distributors. Please contact Mario Gattuso for further details at gattuso@aculon.com.

Click here for more information about Aculon's NanoClear Stencil Products .

Aculon Receives Patent for Application of Enhanced Bonding Layers on Titanium

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/3/2014) Aculon, Inc. announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed a patent covering its method for enhanced bonding of layers on titanium.
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United States Patent No. 8,758,899 discloses a method for applying a dense coverage, adherent phosphorus-based coating on the native oxide surface of a material. The disclosed Phosphorus based coatings include phosphate and organo-phosphate coatings. The present invention also provides further derivitization of the phosphorous based coatings to yield dense surface coverage of chemically reactive coatings and osetoblast adhesion-promoting and proliferation-promoting coatings on the native oxide surface of the titanium material.

"One of the benefits of our technology is the ability to change its functionality from repellency to adhesion promotion. The ability to the boost adhesive bond strength using our technologies to many challenging substrates including titanium is valuable for many customers. We now have nearly 30 issued US patents in our IP portfolio." comments Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon.

Aculon NanoClear Stencil NanoCoating Solution for Stencils Wins NPI Award

SAN DIEGO, CA (4/10/2014) Aculon, Inc's innovative stencil nanocoating - NanoClear - utilizing Aculon's repellent SAMP treatment has won the 2014 New Product Introduction (NPI) Award from Circuits Assembly in the Screen/Stencil Printing Pheripherals/Conusumables category.
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NanoClear is rapidly becoming the de facto standard in stencil nanocoating technology as it reduces bridging, reduces insufficients, reduces print variation due to crisper more consistent prints and lowers overall operating costs due to reduced under stencil wiping and use of consumables.

NanoClear is gaining broad based support from Stencil producers, CEMs, major Paste suppliers and the Cleaning companies. The stencil producers are trying to help deliver the best stencil to their customers. The CEMs want better printing but also to save money. The CEM's real world experience is demonstrating that NanoClear is not just for hard to print boards! Several of the major CEMs are finding that in addition to better printing that for the nominal cost ($25 cost per wipe) of NanoClear they are saving thousands of dollars in printing consumables! The paste companies are recommending NanoClear as it improves the quality of the printing and the cleaning companies are recommending it dramatically reduces the magnitude of the understencil cleaning challenges.

"Clearly the team at Circuits Assembly felt the technology was compelling enough to be featured on the February cover and also be selected as the most innovative product for stencils released in the past year.," said Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. "The ability to enhance the performance of stencils with an easy to apply wipe is critical as manufacturers push the boundaries of stencil printing demanding smaller apertures, better reliability and lower operating cost. As experts in surface modification and a proven supplier to the stencil industry we are pleased that Aculon NanoClear is getting much media and customer recognition."

Aculon's fluxophobic NanoClear products can be purchased directly from Aculon at www.aculon.com/stencils.php.

Click here for more information about Aculon's NanoClear Stencil Products .

Aculon Announces Launch of NanoClear Stencil Treatment

SAN DIEGO, CA (1/10/2013) Aculon, Inc is pleased to announce the launch of their latest generation of stencil coating technology. Aculon's proprietary technology treats the underside of stencils to make them fluxophobic i.e. repels flux and oils.
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Aculon, a proven supplier to the stencil industry, is launching their branded line of products. Aculon NanoClear Stencil Treatment is now 50% stronger and outperforms all existing technology in terms of performance. Extensive customer tests have demonstrated improved print quality, increased efficiency and lower operating costs. In particular, reducing the frequency of underside cleaning due to a dramatic reduction in bridging results in better print reliability as well as increased throughput. In addition, as NanoClear treats the apertures walls , it allow better performance from stencils with low aperture area ratios.

Aculon NanoClear's technology uses Self Assembled Monolayers with Phosphonates ("SAMP's") that are compatible with all common types of stencil alloys, including but not limited to: Stainless steel, Electroform, Nickel, and E-polished stencils. As the Monolayers is less than 5 nanometers thick and covalently bound to the surface there is no risk of contamination of the flux.

"The availability of NanoClear fluxophobic treatment for stencils represents a significant opportunity for the stencil industry," comments Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. "The ability to enhance the performance of stencils with an easy to apply wipe is critical as manufacturers push the boundaries of stencil printing demanding smaller apertures, better reliability and lower operating cost. As experts in surface modification and a proven supplier to the stencil industry we are pleased to now launch our own branded and improved product."

In addition to the NanoClear wipes, Aculon is launching the Aculon NanoClear Test Pens to provide a simple and cost effective testing method for treated stencils.

Aculon NanoClear products will be distributed through Datum Alloys or can be purchased directly from Aculon . Datum Alloys is the leading supplier quality foils to the stencil industry.

Click here for more information about Aculon's NanoClear Stencil Products .

Aculon Hires New Director of Operations to Meet Growth

SAN DIEGO, CA (12/26/2012) Aculon, Inc., a leading provider of easy-to-apply nanotechnology surface modification technologies, is pleased to announce the addition of Dean Potter as Aculon's Director of Operations.
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The addition of Mr. Potter has been made as a direct response to both the significant growth Aculon has experienced over the past year and the start of several new commercialization programs in early 2013. As interest in Aculon's technology continues to increase, the company continues to expand multiple departments in their San Diego headquarters. Mr. Potter was brought on to manage Aculon's operations and to coordinate the growing number of commercial and research projects. With 20+ years experience in operations and quality management in scientific and high tech organizations, the addition of Mr. Potter is a valuable addition to Aculon's team and will play a key role in continued growth.

"It's exciting to look back on 2012 and see the significant growth Aculon experienced this past year," comments Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. "I have confidence that with the addition Dean Potter as our new Director of Operations, Aculons management team will continue to meet the needs of our growing customer base."

Aculon Announced as Winner of Nano-Scale Coatings New Product Innovation Award

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/26/2012) Aculon, Inc., today announced that it had been awarded the Nano- Scale Performance Coatings New Product Innovation Award by a leading US based Business Research organization.
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The Nano-Scale Performance Coatings New Product Innovation Award is the nanotechnology industries premier award recognizing innovation in our industry, showcasing cutting edge products that represent the next breakthrough in nanotechnology coatings. More details of the award will be published by the research organization soon.

"We are delighted that our technology and innovation has been recognized by the Nano-Scale Coatings New Product Innovation Award. We believe that our innovative nanoscale repellency, adhesion, and particle treatment technologies represent the future in nanotechnology" comments Eric Bruner, President of Aculon.

Aculon Receives Patent for Application of Transition Metal Alkoxide Films

SAN DIEGO, CA (11/15/2011) Aculon, Inc., a leading nanotechnology enabled performance coatings company, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed a patent covering its method for applying transition metal alkoxide films to substrates.
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United States Patent Application No. 7,989,069 discloses an organometallic coating deposited from a metal alkoxide composition under conditions sufficient to form a polymeric metal oxide coating with unreacted alkoxide and hydroxyl groups. The invention also discloses a method for applying the organometallic coating to a substrate.

"One of the key focuses for our technology is to increase hydrophobicity and oleophobicity on surfaces and the use of organometallic coatings deposited from a metal alkoxide composition to achieve this is a very interesting application of our technology. We believe that this technology fills a significant gap where alternative hydrophobic and oleophobic treatments have failed to treat certain difficult to treat substrates," comments Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon.

For more information about Aculon's products and technology or details regarding the patent, call the company headquarters at 858-350-9474 or contact us .

Aculon Receives Patent for Application of Organophosphorus Treatments to Cutting Tools

SAN DIEGO, CA (11/4/2011) Aculon, Inc., a leading nanotechnology enabled performance coatings company, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed a patent covering its method for applying organophosphorus acids to cutting tools.
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United States Patent Application No. 12,080,058 discloses the process required for applying organophosphorus acids having a fluorinated constituent to cutting tools and razors. The organophosphorus fluorinated material can either be adhered directly to the metal edge or indirectly to through an intermediary organometallic layer. The invention also provides for a method of depositing the organophosphorus fluorinated material as a self assembled monolayer or as a multilayer treatment.

"We believe that this technology offers a significant advantage to the current thick polymer based treatments currently available for cutting tools such as razor blades." comments Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon.

For more information about Aculon's products and technology or details regarding the patent, call the company headquarters at 858-350-9474 or contact us .

Aculon Receives Patent for Application of Hydrophobic Layers to Inorganic Surfaces

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/28/2011) Aculon, Inc., a leading nanotechnology enabled performance coatings company, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed a patent covering its method for applying hydrophobic layers to inorganic surfaces, which has been perfected by the company over the past 6 years.
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United States Patent Application No. 8,025,974 discloses the process required for applying fluorinated hydrophobic layers to inorganic substrates. The fluorinated material can either be adhered directly to the metal substrate or through an intermediary organometallic layer. The invention also provides for a method of depositing the fluorinated material on an inorganic substrate surface, allowing for a level of hydrophobicity and oleophobicity thought unachievable on numerous inorganic substrates.

"Inventions that avoid our customers spending their resources on capital equipment are very valuable. We believe that our approach offers a superior alternative to existing PVD film technologies, offering manufacturers an easy to apply technology without the need for complex and expensive vacuum deposition equipment," comments Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon.

For more information about Aculon's products and technology or details regarding the patent, call the company headquarters at 858-350-9474 or contact us .

Aculon Announced as Finalist for 2011 Most Innovative Product Award

SAN DIEGO, CA (10/24/2011) Aculon, Inc., a leading nanotechnology enabled performance coatings company, today announced that Connect has announced Aculon as a finalist for the 24th annual Most Innovative Product Award. The Connect MIP awards is San Diego's premier event recognizing innovation in our region, showcasing locally developed cutting edge products spanning a wide range of industries.
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"This year we received a record number of new product nominations…This year's finalists represent some of the strongest new products produced locally over the past eighteen months. These companies deserve to be recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit and the contributions their products are making to our city's economy," Said Duane Roth, chief executive officer at Connect.

"It is a great honor to be selected as a finalist in the Connect MIP awards. Taking technology from a university benchtop and scaling into it products sold by the millions around takes hard work and perseverance. The Aculon technology team sees opportunity in every difficulty, so it great for them to recognized for their work."

The winners of the Connect MIP Awards will be announced during the Connect MIP Awards luncheon at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on December 9th.

For more information about Aculon's products and technology or details regarding the contest, call the company headquarters at 858-350-9474 or contact us .

Aculon Innovative Method for Applying Organometallic films to Substrates Receives Patent

SAN DIEGO, CA (8/17/2010) Aculon is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed a patent covering its method for applying organometallic film to substrates, which has been perfected by the company over the past 6 years.
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United States Patent No. 7,740,940 discloses the process required for applying an organometallic film on substrates, particularly polymer substrates, in which the metal of the organometallic has "f" orbital electrons. Aculon's novel organometallic films represent a breakthrough in hydrophobic and oleophobic film technology, allowing for a level of hydrophobicity and oleophobicity thought unachievable on numerous substrates.

"We are delighted that our invention has been granted a United States patent. We believe that this approach offers a superior alternative to existing PVD film technologies, offering manufacturers affordable hydrophobic and oleophobic films without the drawbacks associated with traditional film deposition," comments Dr. Eric Hanson, Vice President of Technology.

For more information about Aculon's organometallic film products and technology or details regarding the patent, call the company headquarters at 858-350-9474 or contact us .

Aculon Innovative Method for Applying Hydrophobic Films Via Pen Applicator Receives Patent

SAN DIEGO, CA (8/9/2010) Aculon is pleased to announce the issuance to it by the US Patent Office of a patent that covers an application method for applying hydrophobic compositions to surfaces
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United States Patent No. 7,625,149 is for a pen-shaped applicator containing a hydrophobic composition for application to various surfaces. Aculon's unique pen-based hydrophobic applicator offers consumers an efficient and convenient method for applying hydrophobic coatings to polymer, glass, and metal surfaces.

Aculon also owns a variety of patents that apply to hydrophobic and oleophobic promoting nanotechnology coatings. The technology allows manufacturers to modify surface characteristics, significantly increasing the hydrophobicity and oleophobicity of glass, polymers, metals, and many other materials. The issuance of this patent presents a unique method for successfully delivering this technology directly to the consumer.

Aculon will start producing new innovative pen-based applicators for customers in late 2010.

For more information about Aculon's pen-based hydrophobic products and technology or details regarding the patent, call the company headquarters at 858-350-9474 or contact us .

ChemWeek Covers Aculon's Chrome Replacement Technology

SAN DIEGO, CA (9/8/2009) Aculon, a producer of specialty chemicals, says it has developed a proprietary formulation that generates a self assembled monolayer of phosphonates (SAMP). The formulation may be used in a range of primers and conversion coatings to increase the adhesion of coatings to surfaces. SAMP replaces the use of hexavalent chromium (Cr+6)-a toxic substance-in many applications, the company says.
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Cr+6 is a known human carcinogen and can cause kidney and liver damage, nasal, skin and stomach irritations, and convulsions. Exposure to high levels of Cr+6 can even lead to death. Until now, the law had a temporary exemption for uses where there was "no feasible alternative" (California Health & Saf. Code, §25214.14(d)). Aculon's SAMP is that alternative, the company says.

The use of SAMP in lieu of toxic substances enables manufacturers to adhere to the strictest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Union (EU) regulations, the company says.

"Our SAMP technology has proven adhesion properties and we've worked to develop this new formulation to address the needs of manufacturers in complying to strict EPA regulations on the use of heavy metals," says Edward Hughes, Aculon's CEO. "Where paint and other spray on applications do not adhere to the advanced materials used, many manufacturers turn to hexavalent chromium to prime the surface, which is a horribly toxic metal and industrial process. We have now formulated that 'feasible alternative' the EPA requires."

Founded in 2004, Aculon specializes in inventing and commercializing unique molecular-scale surface and interfacial coatings leveraging nanotechnology discoveries made at Princeton University.

Edward Hughes to Speak at the 2009 NanoBusiness Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA (9/1/2009) Aculon CEO, Edward Hughes, to speak at the 2009 Nano Business Conference in Chicago, IL, September 8-10.
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The event, now in its eight year, is hosted by The NanoBusiness Alliance. the Alliance's mission is to create a collective voice for the advancing nanotechnology industry and develop a range of initiatives to support the nanotechnology business community. Among the NanoBusiness Alliance's goals are the development of research and education programs, public policy and lobbying initiatives, public awareness campaigns, and industry support networks. The NanoBusiness Alliance has locations in New York, NY and Chicago, IL and soon will be opening an additional office in Washington, DC. The conference will be held in Chicago, IL, September 8-10.

For additional information, please visit http://www.nanobusiness.org.

Aculon Offers Cleantech Breakthrough as it Commercializes Nanocoating Technology

SAN DIEGO, CA (7/17/2009) Aculon is featured on Xconomy.com regarding the announcement of a Hexavalent Chromium replacement using SAMPs.
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Xconomy.com
By Bruce Bigelow 7/17/09

After getting a briefing last month from Aculon CEO Ed Hughes, I would not have thought of the five-year-old San Diego startup as a cleantech company. Nanotechnology? Yes. Materials Science? Absolutely. Cleantech? Nah, not really.

Yet Aculon is announcing today that it has developed a formulation of its proprietary nanocoating technology to replace certain applications of hexavalent chromium, a toxic, cancer-causing heavy metal used to make anti-corrosion coatings, as well as stainless steel, dyes, and wood preservatives, among other things. Hexavalent chromium was found in the drinking water of Hinkley, CA, a small desert town made infamous by Erin Brockovich, who was in turn made famous by the namesake film starring Julia Roberts. Suffice to say it is a nasty toxic substance, and a known human carcinogen via inhalation. It can cause kidney and liver damage, along with nasal, skin, and stomach irritations. Read more

Aculon launches new website

SAN DIEGO, CA (5/19/2009)As part of the company's ongoing branding and marketing efforts, Aculon Inc. today launched their new website designed to educate and display their unique Self-Assembled Monolayers of Phosphonates (SAMPs).
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"Aculon's SAMP technology has a great back story and benefits for customers and potential partners," said Edward Hughes, Aculon Chief Executive Officer. "This new website tells that story and showcases our propriatary technology in a consistent manner."

Jonathan Huberman Joins Aculon Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (5/18/2009) Aculon, Inc. today announced that Jonathan Huberman, President of the Consumer and Small Business Products Division at EMC Corporation, was elected to the company's board of directors.
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"Jon's experience in the technology and venture space will prove invaluable to Aculon's strategic growth initiatives," said Edward Hughes, CEO Aculon, Inc. "In particular our portfolio of patented performance coatings enable adhesion promotion and have a wide spread number of applications in electronics. Jon can bring tremendous insight and knowledge to this sector."

"I am excited about joining the Aculon Board, the company has great technology targeted at big markets with a strong team in place to lead them though a period of rapid growth," said Jon Huberman, President of Consumer and Small Business Products Division at EMC Corporation. "I look forward to helping them secure growth capital and introducing them to electronic partners."

After leading publicly traded Iomega Corporation as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board, Mr. Huberman accepted the position of President of the Consumer and Small Business Products Division at EMC Corporation following EMC's acquisition of Iomega in June 2008. In his current role, Mr. Huberman oversees Iomega as well as other brands and technologies included in the Consumer and Small Business Products Division at EMC. Mr. Huberman's years of experience compliment Aculon's board of directors and adds a well-seasoned perspective as Aculon continues innovation and growth in nano-coatings.

Prior to coming to Iomega, Mr. Huberman was a Managing Director at aAd Capital, a hedge fund focused on investing in small to mid-sized public companies. Prior to aAd Capital, Mr. Huberman was a General Partner with Idanta Partners, a private equity affiliate of the Bass family interests. During his more than nine years at Idanta, Mr. Huberman made private and public investments in many sectors including a variety of hardware, software and services companies across the information technology value chain. In addition, while at Idanta, Mr. Huberman served as CEO of two of Idanta's portfolio companies and on twelve Boards of Directors.

Prior to joining Idanta, Mr. Huberman was a case leader with the Boston Consulting Group, a strategic management consulting firm, where he focused on the high technology and consumer products industries. Mr. Huberman also served as Special Advisor to the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1999 to 2001.

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Huberman graduated with a BA in Computer Science from Princeton University, and received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Aculon Developed Technology Receives 2008 OLA Award of Excellence

SAN DIEGO, CA (12/28/2008) The Shield Lens Protection System developed by Aculon Inc. and distributed by Hilco Eyewear receives a 2008 Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) Award of Excellence.
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Aculon, Inc., is a leading developer of nanotechnology solutions using its proprietary molecular-scale surface and interfacial technologies. Aculon created an eyewear treatment application for Hilco so that consumers could apply an easily cleaned anti-smudge coating to protect their lenses and enjoy greater acuity.


A key indicator of smudge-resistance and easy in cleansing on a lens surface is Water Contact Angle (WCA). WCAs at above 90° correspond to surfaces that will be the easiest to clean and the most repellant to fingerprints, grease, water, dust, and dirt.


"As an early stage emerging nanotechnology company , it is terrific to have our technology validated and win an award of excellence," said Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon, Inc. "We work very hard to make our business partners successful, and we congratulate Hilco on receiving such a terrific award."


OLA Awards of Excellence were presented at that organization's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Hilco's Shield Lens Protection System took home top honors in the Accessory Products category.


Aculon's nano-scale treatments enable unique performance, process simplification and excellent value across a broad range of metal, plastic and glass surfaces and interfaces. Whether it be non-stick hydrophobic/oleophobic or adhesion-promoting functionality, Aculon nanotechnology offers manufacturers and consumers new opportunities beyond traditional surface coatings. Aculon has commercial applications and development programs in several fields, including optical, packaging, stainless steel appliances, and electronics.

Aculon, Inc. Names Edward Hughes Chief Executive Officer

SAN DIEGO, CA (12/2/2008) Aculon, Inc., appoints Edward Hughes as Chief Executive Officer.
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Aculon, Inc., a leading developer of nanotechnology solutions using its proprietary Nanoscale molecular-scale surface and interfacial technologies, announced the appointment of Edward Hughes as Chief Executive Officer.

Hughes has over 15 years of experience managing consumer and technology businesses. He most recently served as founder and CEO of PowerMetal Technologies in Carlsbad, California. PowerMetal Technologies is a leading manufacturer and supplier of advanced nanotechnology-enabled products and sub-components targeting the sporting goods and consumer products industries.

"We are extremely delighted to have someone of Edward's stature and reputation in nanotechnology lead the team at Aculon," said Frank Archinaco, Chairman of the Board. "His experience and knowledge make him the best person to spearhead the growth of our company."

Prior to Hughes' term with PowerMetal, he served as Senior VP and GM for TaylorMade-adidas Golf, heading up the North American business division and Global Marketing. Edward was part of the team that turned around TaylorMade's performance by growing sales and doubling profits. Previously, he was instrumental in the turn around of Maxfli Golf as Vice President and General Manager before selling the company to TaylorMade.

Hughes serves on the Boards of several San Diego based nonprofit organizations which include Harvard Business School Club and the San Diego Girls Scouts Organization. He earned his Masters Degree from Cambridge University, England and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Aculon's nano-scale treatments enable unique performance, process simplification and excellent value across a broad range of metal, plastic and glass surfaces and interfaces. Whether it be non-stick hydrophobic/oleophobic or adhesion-promoting functionality, Aculon nanotechnology offers manufacturers and consumers new opportunities beyond traditional surface coatings. Aculon has commercial applications and development programs in several fields, including optical, packaging, stainless steel appliances, and electronics.

Richard Elkus Joins Aculon Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA Richard Elkus, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at Extrameasures, LLC, was elected to the Aculon board of directors.
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Aculon, Inc., a leading thin-film coatings company, today announced that Richard Elkus, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at Extrameasures, LLC, was elected to the company's board of directors.

"Richard's experience in finance with high-growth, early stage businesses will further strengthen the board as we enter a period of rapid growth," said Edward Hughes, CEO Aculon, Inc. "In addition, his extensive electronics experience including his 20-year tenure at Hewlett Packard, will accelerate our growth us in this key market."

"I've been an investor for the past four years and am excited to join the board of directors," said Elkus. "I am passionate about U.S. competitiveness and believe that we need to maintain our technological advantage. Aculon is a great example of a U.S. company commercializing technology developed at U.S. universities."

In his present position as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at Extrameasures, LLC, Elkus oversees finance, administration, I.T. and program operations for the stored-value issuing company. His past posts included multiple divisions within Hewlett Packard including roles as VP and CFO of Phogenix Imaging, a startup professional commercial printing manufacturer (HP/Kodak joint venture), where he was an initial founding member of the management team and the Secretary to the Board of Directors. Other positions held within HP include Controller in HP's $1.2B All-in-One Division; Financial Operations manager of the HP InkJet Supplies Business Unit, and financial management positions in Site Services and HP Printed Circuit Board Division.

Mr. Elkus graduated with a BA in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego, and received his MBA from the University of Oregon. He also serves on the board of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, along with past community involvement with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce and the University of California Youth Ranch.