Collaborative Partner Requests

CSIC assists companies to source collaborative partners to enhance their research and demonstration projects, and ultimately benefit from CSIC’s project support funding.  This gives the partners the opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise or facilities.  For academic partners, this means new research projects to deliver.  For industrial and public sector collaborators this allows them to e.g. gain access to the new technology or use the new process in return for their input.  It can also provide them with first-user advantage or an early opportunity to negotiate distribution or license rights.

Opportunity 1 – Moock Environmental Solutions Ltd (MES) – Seeking collaborative partners

Feasibility of using recovered toner powder as an additive for sustainable concrete

Moock Environmental Solutions Ltd (MES) is an innovative, dedicated environmental company that promotes the preservation of our living environment through proper recycling. The company’s main business activity is the complete recycling of printer consumables.

Moock have been working in conjunction with the University of Dundee to understand the properties of printer toner and its uses within the Construction industry.  It has been established that the use of toner within concrete not only can have aesthetic appeal and can allow concrete to be coloured to almost any colour requirement but can also enhance the durability, strength and hydrophobic properties of the concrete.

Our challenge now is to introduce the product to the concrete construction industry to prove the concept in a real world setting and to look at how easily the material can be incorporated into the manufacturing process. 

At this stage, Moock are seeking suitable partner organisations to support a collaborative funding application to the CSIC to allow further investigation into product characteristics in a precast or cementitious form and upscale testing in a field environment.  Partners who are involved in the production of ready mix/ precast concrete would be ideal to work with them on this project and ultimately could take an end product to market.

For more information please contact Jennifer Smart.

Opportunity 2 – William Tracey Group – Seeking collaborative partners

The William Tracey Group, one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies based in Renfrewshire, has recently been focused on re-using and recovering boiler ashes to create concrete and aggregate products for use in the construction industry.

The company is now seeking collaborative partners in the construction supply chain who manufacture or use cement or mortar based products (e.g. pre-cast material, cement products or grout), and who wish to benefit from lighter weight aggregates and resultedly cheaper recovered products which are also not liable to quarry taxes.  

The company aims to work collaboratively with suitable commercial partners to integrate processed ash into their supply chain for appropriate products and materials.  Ideally partners would each have a requirement for upwards of 10,000 tonnes per annum of recovered product.

Further information is available from Lucy Black 

Opportunity 3 – Test Sites Sought For Independent Validation of 2 Unique Ecological, Multipurpose Disinfectant Products – Damp/Flood-Damaged Properties, Laboratories, Hospitals/Dental Surgeries, Schools/Nurseries, Public Buildings

Scottish contractors, In-Site Contracts Ltd, have exclusive UK rights to two unique new-generation, ecological multipurpose disinfectant products.  In order to gain certification amongst the insurance market, suitable test sites are sought from partners who would benefit from participating in the independent validation of the products by a Scottish university through free initial use of the products:


(i)       Damp properties or properties which have been recently flooded are sought to act as demonstration and validation sites for “Flood-Hit”, a sporicidal solution which de-natures all proteins and in doing so kills ALL bacteria, viruses, fungus and uniquely the SPORES which prevents future issues.


(i)       Scientific/biological testing labs, dental surgeries, public buildings, hospitals, schools or nurseries are sought to independently test the unique nature of “Biostat” to show that this permanent protection, unlike other existing products which lose efficacy over years, can deal with microbial growth using a ‘mechanical kill’ and not use toxins, poisons or heavy metals to protect all concerned parties.

Further information available from Lucy Black