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Release: Jan. 17,
Applied Fullerene To Locate In UI's Technology Innovation
Applied Fullerene, a new company that will develop
advanced scientific instrumentation, is the newest tenant of the Technology
Innovation Center (TIC), the University of Iowas incubator for new business
ventures that use advanced technology.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved at its
January meeting the company's lease at the TIC. Applied Fullerene will be
located in Suite M105 Oakdale Hall on the UI Oakdale Research Campus.
Applied Fullerene will develop scientific, industrial
and technological testing equipment based on fullerenes, a new chemical technology
where carbon-based atoms form geometric meshes that can be molded into different
The company plans to make a fullerene microcircuit
probe, developing a patent co-held by company principal John Bahns of Dekalb,
Ill. This application of nanotechnology, or technology at the sub-molecular
level, has potential in the microchip industry. Fullerenes have unique electronic
properties ranging from superconductor to semiconductors.
Tom Bahns of DeWitt is president and general manager
of sales and marketing of Applied Fullerene. He has operated a scientific
instrument repair and refurbishing company since 1988, after working as an
electronics and lab technician at the UI.
John Bahns is a senior research scientist at Northern
Illinois University and will work on development of the microcircuit probe
with George Frohwein of Iowa City. Frohwein was a senior engineer in the medical
device industry and has extensive experience in instrumentation design in
the aerospace industry.
With the addition of Applied Fullerene, the TIC will
have 12 tenant companies. Some 20 TIC "graduate" firms have expanded their
business after leaving the incubator. More than 60 technology companies have
been accepted as TIC tenants since the incubator was established in 1984.
To contact Applied Fullerene, call (319) 530-5377.
For additional information about the TIC incubator, contact Tom Bauer, associate
director, at (319) 335-4067.