Brisbane-based company CalAlSil develops revolutionary chemical and materials coating product

Advance Queensland (AQ) supported CalAlSil® to attend LeadIN - Transformation is Now event series held across the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region in March and August 2022. The event series showcased innovative solutions to buyers and helped demonstrate regional transformation across different sectors of the economy.

CalAISil were one of seven exhibitors who successfully applied for support by AQ to attend LeadIN along with E-Abode, GreaseBossInFarmSTEM PunksWom-Batt and Solar Relief

CalAISil have developed a revolutionary chemical and materials coating solution that protects against corrosion and fire as an alternative to existing paints and sealants. Available in a ceramic form, solid or coating, the product is a cost-effective alternative that provides ultimate insulation from electricity, sound and heat.

The LeadIN 2022 event series provided CalAISil® an opportunity to introduce their revolutionary product to a regional and industry audience and to a network with other entrepreneurs and innovators.

Following the event, founder of CalAlSil® Dr Leon Burgess-Dean said “The opportunity for CalAlSil® in regional Queensland is to supply fireproof ceramic resins and paints to construction and manufacturing companies, who are determined to lower their carbon footprint and the embodied energy of their products and services with multiple industrial applications across the aerospacebuildingroads, and renewables sectors. ”

Two of the other LeadIN exhibitors connected with Dr Burgess Dean at the event and bought CalAilSil® products to enhance their own business offerings including E-Abode to fireproof paint for its bamboo housing and Wom-Batt for a thermally resistant battery case that included CalAlSil® resins for its underground batteries.

These examples show how CalAlSil® resins combine with natural cellulose products to produce structural materials that have highly desirable protective properties including thermal, fire and flood resistance.

Dr Burgess-Dean’s journey to develop CalAlSil® started at Queensland University of Technology where he studied Applied Chemistry between 1991-1994.

Fast forward to 2022 and Leon, through his connection to fellow QUT graduate, Dr Chris Jones, now a Senior Lecture in the Department of Science at Western Sydney University, has seen an important collaboration between academia and the start-up by spending two weeks as a visiting academic to collaborate with the potential to also work with the Department of Engineering.

“There is a potential long-term research program that will continue for three years to establish the baseline scientific techniques that analyse and validate CalAlSil® ceramic resins,” he said.

The major breakthrough during his 2-week involvement at the Paramatta Campus was the validation of the product at emitting 2-5 times fewer energy emissions than current non-ceramic materials.

CalAISil® is looking forward to the exciting opportunities the product will bring to the building and construction industry in the future. This includes testing the product with the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads at its Pinkenba laboratory to see if it provides TMR with a better stabilisation solution for subgrade construction as a more effective solution to foam bitumen.

CalAlSil® is also looking at leveraging regional industry strengths including Gladstone’s Aluminia industry by taking tailings of aluminia production process to form the basis of the next building and construction materials.

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Last updated 23 Nov, 2022
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