(642d) Innovative Sustainable Materials & Processes
Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is the centre for global materials innovation in the Xerox Corporation. The mandate of XRCC is to develop all of the materials that are used in Xerox devices and to be on the forefront of materials that will enable new technologies. One of the primary goals of the centre is to deliver value to our customers through more sustainable and environmentally responsible materials and processes. This is being achieved through application of green chemistry and engineering from the conceptualization and design phase, through development and scale-up, and all the way through technology transfer to manufacturing. XRCC has commercialized a number of sustainable technologies, including functional materials that enable products to consume less energy, processes that minimize the overall amount of waste, and materials with higher amounts of bio-renewable content. A general overview of XRCC's sustainable product and process strategy will be presented, along with a highlight example that demonstrates how a multistep solvent-intensive process was redesigned to eliminate all waste solvents.
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