NDSU Research Foundation reaches license agreement on new coatings technology

February 24, 2014

The NDSU Research Foundation concluded a license agreement with Fargo-based Elinor Specialty Coatings for hexavalent chromium-free coatings technology. The patented technology protects aluminum alloys found in vehicle and ship parts. The agreement gives Elinor exclusive rights in marine and automotive markets to further develop and commercialize the technology developed at NDSU.

Twenty teams have been named finalists in Innovation Challenge ’14, NDSU’s third annual student innovation competition. The competition is an organized way for students to present ideas, earn prize money and learn about turning ideas into commercial ventures. Winners will be announced March 6.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the McNairs Scholars program at NDSU. It gives first-generation, income-eligible and underrepresented students access to higher education through scholarships, undergraduate research opportunities and mentoring.  NDSU has served 287 scholars—44 earned doctorates, 40 earned professional doctoral degrees and 100 earned master’s degrees.