Benanova’s IP protected by an issued U. S. Patent
Our founders Dr. Orlin Velev and Dr. Alexander Richter have pioneered the field of environmentally benign nanoparticles and this technology is now protected by a recently awarded patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent No. US 10,278,395 is titled “Functionalized Environmentally Benign Nanoparticles”. The patent abstract is as follows: “This invention is directed to the preparation and applications of internally and/or externally functionalized environmentally benign nanoparticles (EbNPs), which are produced by a three step procedure: (1) synthesis of native EbNPs, (2) functionalization with active agents, and (3) additional surface property customization via one or more modifier(s).”
Link to: Nature Nanotechnology
Link to: Patent
Benanova, Inc. Awarded National Science Foundation Grant.
Benanova, Inc. is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 Award to conduct innovative research and development work on formulations for efficient and sustainable control of plant pathogens using its proprietary technology platform. Dr. Anka Veleva serves as the Principal Investigator for this project.
EbNP technology published in Nature Nanotechnology.
Biodegradable lignin nanoparticles infused with minimal amounts of silver ions and coated with a cationic polyelectrolyte that show short term broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, and offer an environmentally friendly alternative to metallic silver nanoparticles (Nat. Nanotechnol.2015, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2015.141).
Chemical & Chemical Engineering News - Lignin Nanoparticles Use Silver To Beat The Pulp Out of Bacteria
Azonano - Silver-Ion Infused Lignin Nanoparticles Effectively Kill Bacteria
ScienceDaily - Environmentally friendly lignin nanoparticle 'greens' silver nanobullet
Spektrum.de - Grüne Chemie: Ein Silbernanopartikel aus Holz
Controlled Environments - Nanotech Creates Better Antimicrobial Products
Infection Control - Scientists Develop Effective Method to Combat Bacteria by Engineering Nanoscale Particles
NC State University News - Environmentally Friendly Lignin Nanoparticle 'Greens' Silver Nanobullet to Battle Bacteria
EbNP technology selected as 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize Winner.
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. Founded by Jerome H. Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994, the program is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the College of Engineering at MIT.