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The DeCaf Co. LLC, the emerging leader in the development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPS), announced commencement of the licensing of its patent for the removal of MTBE from contaminated water.
Estimates of the costs to remediate America's MTBE-contaminated drinking water run in the billions. Present remediation methods are complicated, expensive, time-consuming and inefficient, but DeCaf Co.’s patented polymer beads remove MTBE by running water over them.
The patented method is simple. Inexpensive polymer beads are molecularly imprinted to match the physical shape of MTBE molecules. When contaminated water comes in contact with the molecularly imprinted polymer beads (MIPS), the MTBE molecules adhere to the MIPS removing MTBE from the water.
"This is an economical alternative to present remediation methods. It is environmentally friendly, using cheap polymer beads rather than charcoal that requires the killing and burning of countless trees. We are proud to introduce it to America," said DeCaf Co. CEO Mel Stuckey.
"We are looking forward to taking this extraordinary patent to market. Inexpensive technology is here and benefiting the environment, economy and America's drinking water," said PatentBridge CEO Mark Holmes.
The Decaf Co. LLC (California) is an advanced polymers research and prototype company that has invented and patented high-tech polymers. DeCaf is the owner of U.S. Patent 6,783,686.
PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology transfer firm based in Silicon Valley, specializes in select patents covering extraordinary scientific and industrial breakthroughs.