Associated Material Processing quickly advancing technology from lab to marketplace

As a chemist and professor at Oklahoma State University, Allen Apblett spends a lot of time in the laboratory searching for answers to questions that have yet to be asked.
BY REX SMITHERMAN Published: November 13, 2012
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“Right now we're focusing on more concentrated forms of arsenic, particularly those produced by the semiconductor industry as they process gallium arsenide,” Apblett said. “They produce large, large quantities of arsenic that currently they are land-filling. What we want to do is capture that and recycle it.”

AMP is quickly advancing toward a receptive marketplace.

“Even with a small market penetration into that recovery and abatement process, we would be employing dozens of people within a few years,” Wood said.

The process of creating AMP from a discovery in an OSU laboratory, providing seed capital and identifying potential customers could serve as a template for other technologies emerging from campuses across Oklahoma.

In fact, what if there were a collaborative process whose sole purpose was to work with the state's research institutions to further evaluate their technologies and work to accelerate them to the marketplace? i2E and others are working to create such a collaboration.

Stay tuned.

Rex Smitherman is interim president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Smitherman at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.

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