U.S.-Russian Nano-Filter Enters Space Technology Hall of Fame

NanoCeram(R) Superfilters Developed for Spacecraft Now on Market

Filters Purify Water for Industrial, Residential, Recreational Uses

Apr 13, 2005, 01:00 ET from United States Industry Coalition, Inc.

    ARLINGTON, Va., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- An efficient "superfilter" able
 to extract bacteria, cysts, turbidity and even viruses from water was among
 four innovative space-based technologies inducted into the Space Technology
 Hall of Fame last week in Colorado Springs.
     The NanoCeram(R) Superfilter, developed by Argonide Corporation of
 Sanford, Florida, uses nanofibers originally developed at the Design
 Technology Center (DTC) in Tomsk, Russia.
     DTC, previously known as the Republican Engineering Center, developed
 prototype materials for the Soviet nuclear weapons arsenal.  During the 1970's
 DTC perfected a process for manufacturing nanotechnology materials.  Argonide
 founder Fred Tepper recognized the commercial potential of these unique nano
 fibers and powders.  In 1994, Tepper helped to launch the U.S. Industry
 Coalition (USIC), a non-profit association of U.S. companies interested in
 technology commercialization with former Soviet weapons scientists and
     USIC members' partnerships are supported by Initiatives for Proliferation
 Prevention (IPP), a nonproliferation program sponsored by the National Nuclear
 Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy.  IPP assists former
 Soviet weapons of mass destruction scientists and engineers to transition to
 long-term, sustainable employment in peaceful, civilian technologies.
     In 1997, Argonide and DTC launched their first IPP project, together with
 DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  After observing the bio-activity
 of the nanofibers, Argonide won two NASA-sponsored SBIR grants in 2001 and
 2002 to develop advanced water recovery systems for long duration space
     The NanoCeram(R) filters were found to provide unsurpassed filtration
 efficiency.  Comprised of nanometer size particles, these filters far exceed
 current filtration systems and can handle the most difficult treatment
 requirements for industrial, residential and recreational water purification.
     Today, Argonide markets the filters for multiple applications, including:
 laboratory separations; residential drinking water; purifying water from
 biological agents; concentrator/collectors for detecting biological agents;
 and providing purified water for industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical
     The technology was inducted into the 2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame on
 Thursday, April 7, 2005 at the 21st Space Symposium, an event widely regarded
 as the premier gathering of the space industry, with more than 6,500 attendees
 this year.
     Founded in 1988 by the Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, the
 Space Technology Hall of Fame honors the innovators who have transformed space
 technology into commercial products, to increase public awareness of the
 benefits of space technology, and to encourage further innovation.
     Space Foundation President and CEO Elliot G. Pulham said, "The 2005 Hall
 of Fame inductees represent space technologies that save lives and improve the
 quality of life for thousands of people every day.  They are great examples of
 why what we do in space matters on Earth."
     Three other space-related technologies inducted into the Hall of Fame
 include the InnerVue(TM) Diagnostic Scope System; Outlast(R) Smart Fabric
 Technology(TM); and Portable Hyperspectral Imaging Systems.
     About Argonide Corporation
     Founded in 1994 by Frederick Tepper, the Argonide mission is to develop
 and market new products based on nanotechnology.  Argonide's international
 business perspective has led to collaborative work in Italy, Japan, Singapore
 and in particular with Russian institutes active in nanotechnology.  The
 company is based in Sanford, Florida.  For more information visit
     About the U.S. Industry Coalition (USIC)
     USIC is a non-profit association of U.S. businesses actively engaged in
 our nation's nonproliferation and national security efforts through the
 Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (IPP) program at the U.S. Department
 of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.  IPP engages former
 Soviet weapons of mass destruction scientists and engineers in peaceful and
 sustainable commercial pursuits.  For more information about USIC and IPP,
 visit http://www.usic.net.
     About the Space Foundation
     Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Space
 Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances
 civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational
 excellence.  The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape
 Canaveral, Fla.  For more information visit http://www.spacefoundation.org.

SOURCE United States Industry Coalition, Inc.