UF sensor spin-off purchased by Fuel FX


Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Emissions-Detection Technologies Inc., a University of Florida spin-off company that developed sensors that detect and measure combustion gases such as carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrous oxide (NO(x)), has been acquired by Fuel FX, an international company that manufactures and markets devices that improve diesel fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
The acquisition of EDTI was brokered by UTEK Corp., a Tampa-based technology transfer company that identifies and finances the acquisition of technologies - mostly from universities - for clients in exchange for their equity securities, mainly stock.
EDTI developed and marketed a small - less than a square centimeter - solid-state sensor that is highly sensitive to combustion gases, down to the parts-per-million.
Fuel FX, with corporate offices in San Diego, created the Fuel FX Reactor, an on-board fuel treatment system that reformulates and refines diesel fuel into a higher grade. By improving fuel at a molecular level, impurities such as water and particulates are broken down. The result is higher horsepower, better mileage and fewer environmental contaminants.
The reactor - which measures 1 inch by 33 inches - can be installed on the fuel line of large vehicles such as tractors, trucks, buses, marine engines and other heavy equipment.
The sensor was developed by Eric Wachsman, a professor of materials science engineering at UF.
Karl Zawoy, assistant director of licensing at UF's Office of Technology Licensing, said "Our office works hard to get the new discoveries generated from university research and the laboratory into the marketplace where they can have an impact."
Marina Blomberg can be reached at (352) 374-5025 or business@gvillesun.com.

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