Jul 29, 2011

Aquionics and Dot Metrics Sign Agreement to Combine Disinfection Technologies

Collaboration will produce new UV LED disinfection products

UV disinfection company Aquionics signed a joint development agreement with LED company Dot Metrics Technologies of Charlotte, N.C., to develop a new line of UV-LED disinfection products. The agreement formalizes several months of collaboration to bring new disinfection systems to the market.

Dot Metrics is a small company associated with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It focuses on UV LED systems development for the disinfection of water, air and surfaces. For several years, Dot Metrics has been testing and discovering new applications for UV LEDs.

UV treatment of fluids is replacing traditional chemical treatment in many applications, however it still has a number of drawbacks. According to the companies, UV LEDs overcome almost all the problems associated with standard, mercury-based UV disinfection.

“The joint development effort between Dot Metrics and Aquionics is a great example of a successful collaboration. Dot Metrics brings innovative UV LED expertise and Aquionics contributes its experience and resources to rapidly commercialize the technology and provide access to key markets,” said Dot Metrics President and CEO Rosanna Stokes. “In addition, access to technology from Aquionics’ sister companies within the water and photonics industries provides a strong basis for a long-term relationship. The combined results of our efforts will provide a novel, small footprint, non-mercury-based UV disinfection system in the market.”

“The development of UV LED chips has progressed significantly in the last few years to allow commercial adoption. Dot Metrics brings added value in packaging the chips and configuring them in a usable system,” said Aquionics President Oliver Lawal. “After months of collaboration, we are pleased to announce our formal agreement as we work together towards the completion of a remarkable new range of products.”