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Team: Tolibjon Omonov, Ereddad Kharraz, Xiahua Kong, Mohammad Hossien Tavassoli Kafrani
Patent 10,189,76: Method for polyol synthesis from triacylglyceride oils

Polyols are a key element for the production of many different polyurethanes today, including foams for furniture, bedding, car seats and insulation applications as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomer systems. Curtis and his team developed a new process for creating polyols from natural oils such as canola. This platform technology is adaptable to producing a wide range of biobased polyols, so as to achieve characteristics desirable for polyurethane manufacture. The technology involves a low cost, uncomplicated and industrially feasible reaction sequence for biopolyol production in an environmentally friendly manner. Using this technology, improvements to the physical properties of biopolyols such as increased functionality, higher reactivity and low viscosity are achieved.

The TEC Edmonton Innovation Awards celebrate the success of University of Alberta researchers. In 2019, awards were presented to ten University of Alberta spin-off companies and nine research teams that received a US patent and have an industry partner.