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The University of Zaragoza awards the project of microencapsulation from Ercros factory in Sabiñánigo

Barcelona, june 12, 2015. - Professor Joaquin Coronas from the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon, and the R&D department at Ercros factory in Sabiñánigo have been recognized in the awards "Triple Hélice" granted by the University of Zaragoza for its project of microencapsulation of substances in the tablets for pool water treatment.


The prizes "Triple Hélice" award projects in which the collaboration between university and business results in the development of innovative products. Professor Coronas and Ercros have been finalists in its category developing microcapsules, which incorporated into pool water treatments tablets, give off insect repellents and fragrances.

Tablets for the treatment of pool water are made of trichloroisocyanuric acid (TCCA), and they dissolve slowly in the water while releasing chlorine. The challenge faced by professor Coronas and Ercros team was getting these tablets also gradually free mosquito repellent or fragrances, avoiding to be degraded by the action of ATCC. The solution was microencapsulate, that is to say introducing in micropores the substances and thus, "protect" them from the action of the ATCC. The result of this collaboration between business and university is an innovative product and a new patent.

Ercros is the largest European manufacturer of ATCC that is produced at its plant in Sabiñánigo which has a production capacity of 21,000 tons annually.

Ercros keeps an important activity in the field of innovation and technology. All their business have their own department, from which develop new products or processes and investigate new applications for existing products in its portfolio. At present, the company has 14 patents.

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