Microcellular and Nanocellular Thermoplastic Thin Films as Printing Media

Introduction Common overhead transparencies and movie film is made from PET. UW researchers are using PET foaming to increase brightness, decrease mass, and make tear-resistant print media. Technology description Researchers at the UW have developed a method to substitute printing papers used in business/home printers such as laser and inkjet printers with nanocellular and microcellular thermoplastic film. These microcellular thin films (<200 um in thickness) can be made using 100% recycled PET resin and will be 100% recyclable. They can also be made from biodegradable polymers such as PLA. Business opportunity This technology could substitute for paper in the business and home printer market. It could also be utilized in a much wider range of applications such as print media for newspapers, magazines, grocery bags, books, and magazines. Stage of development Initial data exist for this technology. Intellectual property position This technology is available for licensing. The UW is currently reviewing this technology for worldwide patent protection.

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