University of Iowa to Participate in RadLaunch, UV+EB Technology Accelerator

The University of Iowa has been selected to be a participant for RadLaunch, a new, unique idea accelerator for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) technology start-ups, students and innovators.

Sage Schissel (PhD 2016 chemical and biochemical engineering), Sara Kaalberg (PhD 2018 chemical and biochemical engineering graduating in May 2018), along with Julie Jessop, associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and researcher at the Photopolymerizations Center (NSF (IU/CRC), will present their innovations at RadTech 2018 May 7-9 in Chicago in both the technical conference and on the exhibit floor in a dedicated RadLaunch Pavilion. Schissel is applications specialist at ebeam Technologies. Kaalberg is process engineer at Intel Corporation.

The UI team will focus on Transferrable Shadow Cure (TSC) which decouples initiation and propagation mechanisms in cationic photopolymerization to address light penetration problems, thus providing full cure regardless of geometry, pigment and filler content, and sensitivity of material to light and heat.

As a RadLaunch participant, the UI will receive a $1,500 award, $1,500 travel grant to attend RadTech 2018, and technical, marketing and funding mentorship opportunities once the team presents at the conference. RadTech 2018 is the world's largest event dedicated to the educational, technical, and scientific advancement of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies.


From left, Sage Schissel, Sara Kaalberg, and Julie Jessop.