News and Announcements

ATSP at STLE 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Come see ATSP at the 2018 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition. ATSP will be exhibiting our revolutionary new bearing material capable of performance over 300C. 

Phase II Win for ATSP Innovations

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ATSP Innovations is pleased to announce that our NASA Phase I SBIR project “Reversible adhesion concept for in-space assembly” has been selected by NASA for a Phase II award.

We are honored to have NASA recognize our innovation in in-space structural assembly and the quality of our expert teamwork. We look forward to developing our reversible adhesive technology to enable future space structures to be re-assembled and re-purposed again and again across multiple missions.


ATSP 2017 Publications Summary

Monday, January 22, 2018

For 2017, ATSP has reached new heights for polymers - demonstrating superior tribological performance under abrasive and cryogenic conditions and unprecedented mechanical and thermal properties for nanocomposite foams with outstanding resistance to aging. 


Two NASA Phase I SBIR Awards

Thursday, June 8, 2017

ATSP Innovations is pleased to announce being awarded two Phase I SBIRs from NASA:

  • Reversible adhesion concept for in-space assembly

  • Interchain Transesterification as a Solid-State Composite Welding Mechanism

Through these projects, ATSP Innovations will break new ground in the fields of reversible adhesion and composite assembly. ATSP composites, coatings, and stock shapes are thermally stable with a wide range of temperature from cryogenic through 350°C.


2016 ATSP Literature Summary

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2016 has seen publications on our crosslinkable aromatic polyester technology deployed as an extraordinarily wear resistant coating,  a high temperature and recyclable foam, a high performance stock shape/bulk material, an innovative solid state adhesive, and a microcracking-resistant and repairable high temperature composite resin. See article links below.

•NASA Tech Briefs article on our Phase I SBIR
•Processing of aromatic thermosetting copolyesters into foams and bulk parts: characterization and mechanical properties
•Advanced polymeric coatings for tilting pad bearings with application in the oil and gas industry
•Adhesion characteristics of aromatic thermosetting copolyester and glass fiber laminates with copper foils for improved circuit boards
•Unlubricated Tribological Performance of Aromatic Thermosetting Polyester (ATSP) Coatings Under Different Temperature Conditions
•Tribological interactions of advanced polymeric coatings with polyalkylene glycol lubricant and r1234yf refrigerant
•Heat-Induced Polycondensation Reaction with Self-Generated Blowing Agent Forming Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester Foams
•Normal impact of sand particles with solar panel glass surfaces

ATSP Innovations has first sale

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ATSP Innovations has had its first sale of material to CU Aerospace. This sale is in support of a recently awarded SBIR from the U.S. Navy to develop fiber-reinforced composite materials with ablative properties.


ATSP Innovations wins Phase I SBIR

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ATSP Innovations was awarded a Phase I contract through NASA entitled "Aromatic Thermosetting coPolyester Composites for High Temperature and Cryogenic Applications."


ATSP Innovations receives TECP award from NSF

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TECP (Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships) is a supplemental funding opportunity from the National Science Foundation to SBIR/STTR grantees and is intended to encourage partnerships between strategic corporate partners and investors and SBIR/STTR companies as a means to increase the potential for SBIR/STTR grantees to successfully commercialize their technology. Potential partners typically demand technical specifications and proof-of-concept data beyond Phase II project goals. TECP awards provides funding for additional research to meet requirements of corporate partners.


Come and See Us at the NSF SBIR/STTR Conference, May 12-15, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

ATSP Innovations will attend the NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Grantees Conference, which takes place in Baltimore, MD (May 12-15, 2014). ATSP Innovations will be presenting a poster on “Ultra-low wear coatings based on a novel family of Aromatic Thermosetting coPolyesters."


ATSP Greatly Enhances Tribological Performance of Our Polymeric Coatings

Thursday, October 10, 2013

ATSP-based polymeric coatings exhibit superior tribological performance (low wear rate, low COF) compared to the state-of-art coatings in both lubricated and unlubricated conditions. Profilometric analysis reveals better surface integrity for ATSP- based coatings under both unidirectional and oscillatory conditions. 

Read more about our Tribological Properties.


UIUC and ATSP Present at the 2013 STLE Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New data on tribological behavior of ATSP based coatings in the presence of environmentally friendly refrigerant was presented at 2013 STLE (Society of Tribological and Lubrication Engineers) annual meeting which took place in Detroit, Michigan. 


Bita Vaezian Joins ATSP Innovations

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bita received her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010). She joins ATSP Innovations as a full time Production Manager. She is currently the principal investigator on our NSF Phase II SBIR program: “Ultra-low wear coatings based on a novel family of Aromatic Thermosetting coPolyesters."


ATSP Innovations awarded Phase II SBIR by NSF

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ATSP Innovations awarded Phase II SBIR by NSF

ATSP Innovations, a startup at the EnterpriseWorks tech incubator in the University of Illinois Research Park, has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant totaling more than $480,000 from the National Science Foundation. This project will facilitate the development of a new family of polymers (Aromatic ThermoSetting coPolyesters, or ATSP) for application to tribological (friction-bearing) surfaces for compressors used in air conditioning and refrigeration. Surface treatments/coatings are key to improving wear performance and durability in a wide range of applications, and ATSP's technology already has attracted significant interest from major corporate partners.

After achieving success during a Phase I award showing good wear properties, the project's broader impact is that it may springboard the development of lower-cost, more versatile, more energy-efficient wear coatings. This coating has strong commercialization potential; anything with moving parts could benefit from this material, ranging from consumer appliances to large-scale industrial equipment.

ATSP can be processed into highly effective wear-resistant coatings by blending with polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) and other additives. Key features of the new material are thermal stability at temperatures required to process with PTFE (350–450°C) and its excellent tribological properties, with several samples of selected compositions evidencing "zero" wear and low friction coefficient values that remained stable during testing—both important attributes for a long-term wear coating. Additional advantages are the ability to undergo interchain transesterification reactions, permitting reincorporation of wear debris into the coating, and good adhesion to metals such as stainless steel and cast iron. Technical objectives in the Phase II include tailoring the polymer backbone to improve powder/coating properties, optimizing thermal spray parameters for this industrial relevant process, and perform both in-house and customer-based evaluations.

About ATSP: ATSP Innovations is developing a new family of polymers called Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyesters for use in tribological, structural, high temperature, and electronic applications. The company was co-founded by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Prof. James Economy, a faculty member in the Department of Material Science and Engineering, and Prof. Andreas Polycarpou, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. ATSP Innovations is located in EntepriseWorks incubator in the University of Illinois Research Park.


Jim Economy named finalist at 2012 Innovation Celebration

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jim Economy named finalist at 2012 Innovation Celebration

The Innovation Celebration is an annual county wide event which recognizes individuals and organizations utilizing innovation, creativity and leadership for entrepreneurial endeavor and economic development in the community.

ATSP Innovations' President James Economy was named a finalist at the 2012 Innovation Celebration in the category of Entrepreneur Advocacy. The Entrepreneur Advocacy Award recognizes those individuals or organizations in the community who have actively engaged, encouraged, coached and mentored entrepreneurs in the community, providing a broad base of support to help multiple entrepreneurs achieve success.  

For more information about the Innovation Celebration please visit their website.


ATSP opens lab in Research Park at UIUC

Friday, June 24, 2011

We have moved into our new laboratory space in the Research Park at UIUC.


ATSP Innovations awarded Phase I SBIR by NSF

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop an Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester (ATSP) system and process it into highly-effective wear resistant coatings. Surface treatments and coatings are key to improving wear performance and durability in a wide array of applications. In this project, different ATSP powder blends will be studied. Coatings of ATSP/PTFE blends on metal substrates (using sintering) will be produced. Tribological tests of these coatings under industrially-relevant conditions will be performed. Preliminary spray coatings from the ATSP powder blends will also be explored.

The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to provide ultra-low wear coatings for mechanical devices, such as air-conditioning and refrigeration compressors, to replace the liquid lubricants. Recent preliminary research on air-conditioning and refrigeration compressor surfaces has shown that high-performance and recyclable ATSP system exhibit low friction coefficient and at least one order of magnitude reduction in wear rate compared to the state-of-art polymeric coatings. Blends of ATSP with other polymers and additives have the potential to offer low-cost and versatile wear resistant coatings for applications in engines, pumps and compressors.


Contact Information

ATSP Innovations

60 Hazelwood Dr.

Champaign, IL 61820