For Immediate Release

Date: July 11, 2008
From: PEL Associates
Tel/Fax: (860) 448-6522
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For Immediate Release

PEL Associates Awarded US Patent on Smart Coating Systems

Groton, CT- PEL Associates was awarded a broad United States patent (US 7,390,560) “Smart Coating Systems” on technology to release a surface on command. The concept employs specially designed coating arrays which will release a layer via triggers of electrical, acoustic or microwave energy. Applications involve defouling of ships, drug delivery, and electric circuit modification technology. Examples include:

• defouling of ships, cooling systems, equipment or clothing
• removal of bacteria from hospital areas or schools
• removal of toxic agents from military equipment
• drug delivery via stents or other systems
• delivery of fragrances or aerosols
• vehicle interior or exterior alteration or decoration
• paint or ice removal from autos, aircraft or other vehicles
• removal of ice from roads and pathways

In circuit applications, triggered coating release can modify electronic or photonic circuit components creating new and novel communication features. Examples include:

• change in color of an interference filter
• switching of a router or other microelectronic device
• change in features of a membrane, lens, or a lithographic surface

These actions can give rise to new and novel devices. The various opportunities can form the basis of new and potentially successful businesses, and licensing opportunities.

PEL Associates has a number of patents pending including: swimmer detection (port security), container security, aircraft deicing, wind shear detection, underwater or roadside explosive detection, and toxic marine agent detection and countermeasures. PEL is located at the Marine Sciences Technical Center at the University of Connecticut in Groton, CT.

PEL Associates ( provides new and novel technology and systems engineering for industrial, marine, defense, and homeland security requirements. Activities focus on advanced materials and processing, and new chemistry systems frequently keyed to new designs providing innovative functionality. PEL has served over 200 clients and several Connecticut companies including Sikorsky Aircraft, United Technologies, Electric Boat as well as DARPA, NAVAIR, and ONR.

Morton L. Wallach, President