On April 18, Tech Launch Arizona held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions affect the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world.
This year's event showcased eight UA startups, including MetOxs Solutions, which was honored as 2017 Startup of the Year.
MetOxs specializes in providing technology for more sustainable mining and energy production. Included in their portfolio are Hexopanel and Acrete, two products developed by MGE faculty.
Associate professor Moe Momayez developed the Hexopanel to slow water evaporation from mining tailings ponds and reservoirs while simultaneously generating solar energy. Acrete, invented by associate professor Jinhong Zhang, is a fly ash-based substitute for concrete for use in construction.
Photo: The MetOxs inventor team receives their I-Squared Award. From right to left: David Allen, Jinhong Zhang, Dominic Gervasio, Abe Jalbout, Moe Momayez and Kimberly Espy.