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Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT)

Process to convert CO2 emissions into nanomaterial powders

April 2019
Gallery Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) 1
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The MACE (Mechanically Assisted Chemical Exfoliation) process creates a portfolio of nanoparticle powders which have a range of technically-validated applications such as additives in the plastics, coatings, epoxy, adhesives, concrete, lithium-ion battery industries.

In the concrete corrosion market, the CUT's AlphaCarbon Coating provides an easy-to-apply coating that shows superior adhesion to polymer-based coating solutions. The coating includes a water-based solvent and a proprietary powder formulation of ceramic powders, solid lubricants, and a range of rheology modifiers. The unique blend, when mixed with water, initiates a rapid reaction creating a corrosion resistant barrier against the ingress of acidic elements into the concrete. CUT's plastic additive is a black masterbatch, designed to improve the mechanical and crystallization properties of olefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene. The increased surface area of graphite allows the product to be effectively used to enhance barrier performance, to provide pigment leveling, and to reduce cycle time and warpage, while increasing dimensional stability

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Label Date April 18, 2019
From Canada
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Visibility, new clients, partners

Implementation Stories

Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) by Carbon Upcycling Technologies
Implemented by Rocky Point Custom Homes in Bragg Creek (Canada) in 2021

Rocky Point Custom Homes, a construction company, used Carbon Upcycling’s reduced carbon concrete product as the foundation to build a sustainable home in Bragg Creek, in Alberta, Canada. The objective was to use CO2-embedded fly ash to reduce the cement content of the mix. Thanks to their technology, a 5% cement reduction in a 30 MPa winter concrete mix – stronger than baseline control mix – was achieved, meaning that no performance was compromised to achieve the sustainable product.


Between 600 to 800 kg of co avoided(15-20kgofco per2 2 cubic meter of concrete)


The environmental benefits

  • Uses enhanced-fly ash (EFA) for conventional concrete which increases its strength by over 30%.
  • Reduces consumption of expensive, GHG-intense (greenhouse gas) materials like plastics and concrete.

The Financial benefits

  • Nanoparticles extend the life of products used, in turn reducing frequency of replacements.

Activity Region

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North america

Canada, United States,

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Company Profile

Carbon Upcycling Technologies

At Carbon Upcycling, we use CO2 and industrial byproducts to create the materials of tomorrow.

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Headquarters Calgary, AB T3S 0A2, Canada

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We leverage provincial and territorial strengths to support the scale-up of Canadian cleantech.

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Greentown Labs

The largest cleantech incubator in the United States!

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