MISSISSAUGA, ON., March 28, 2011 – A team of researchers at the Xerox Research Centre Canada and Xerox Consumable Development and Manufacturing Group will be presented the American Chemical Society Award for team innovation at the society’s annual meeting March 27-31 in Anaheim, Calif. The award recognizes tenacity and teamwork during the development of emulsion aggregation (EA) toner by a team that includes Patricia Burns, Hwee Ng, Grazyna Kmiecik-Lawrynowicz, and Chieh-Min Cheng.
The award notes the multidisciplinary approach by both chemists and chemical engineers, who developed an innovative nanotechnology-based approach to designing and manufacturing color toners for printers. Chemists Burns and Kmiecik-Lawrynowicz from XRCC, worked on the research and development of the technology and chemical engineers Cheng and Ng worked on the scale-up for commercial production.
Unlike traditional toner, which is created by physically grinding composite polymeric materials to micron-sized particles, EA toner is chemically grown, enabling the size, shape and structure of the particles to be precisely controlled. This environmentally-responsible Xerox-developed technology leads to improved print quality, less toner usage, less toner waste and less energy required for manufacturing and for printing.
Since EA toner was first introduced, Xerox and Fuji Xerox have designed more than 50 office and production printing products that use EA toner. EA Toner is produced both in Canada and in Webster, N.Y. where Xerox recently announced a $25 million expansion project to handle increased demand for the chemically grown toner.