Retirement might be a major objective for anyone who sells intellectual property to DuPont. But Charles Seeney, chief science officer for XetaComp, saw only new opportunities. Seeney’s 2001 sale to DuPont was a high-temperature process to break down particles of titanium dioxide into nanoparticles.
At the nano level, it’s possible to create customized materials by selecting only the characteristics and qualities wanted or needed. Titanium dioxide, a natural mineral used widely for its opaque white qualities, is used in food coloring, sunscreen, paint and coatings among other applications.
Seeney’s newest technology is a patented, low-temperature process used to create titanium dioxide nanoparticles. He’s added the nanoparticles to lotion to create a high-tech sunscreen and recently began marketing the product under the brand name sunVex. It has superior protective qualities with easy-blend properties and without chemicals used in many more popular sunscreens on the market.
Industrial applications are promising. Seeney and his team are on a continuous quest to develop new applications.
XetaComp will break ground on a 30,000 square foot addition to their Lawton office, creating more space for research, development, shipping, technology services and administrative offices. They plan to expand their payroll by approximately 50 new positions in science, research and other professions, representing an additional $5-6 million in annual salaries.
XetaComp is a subsidiary of NanoBioMagnetics in Edmond.
Earl Herring, left, general manager for XetaComp, and Charles Seeney, chief science officer, show their nanotechnology sunscreen product at the Lawton facility.