WMU News

Klass and Joyce get paper patent

Sept. 29, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A patent for a paper technology was recently granted to Dr. Margaret K. Joyce and Charles P. Klass, both members of the paper engineering, chemical engineering and imaging faculty at Western Michigan University.

Joyce is an assistant professor of paper and printing science and a researcher with the Center for Coating Development, and Klass is an adjunct professor and president of Klass Associates of Radnor, Pa. U.S. Patent 6,616,748 is assigned to ZO Resources LLC, the sponsor of the research that led to the patent. The new manufacturing technology improves the quality and affordability of coated ink jet and digital imaging papers. It also improves the properties of coated paper and paperboard for flexographic and water-based gravure printing.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu


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